Champaign, IL (WAND) – The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, along with the Casey Family Program and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work, announced the first Family First Act Summit. Strengthening Illinois Through Child and Family Wellbeing on tuesday.
The summit will bring together stakeholders across the child welfare system, including state agencies, private agency partners and service providers, local community networks, and child welfare professionals, to leverage the resources available through the Family First Act to: We can discuss how we can better serve our families and children. Illinois.
The federal Family First Act, which was signed into law as part of the 2018 Federal Bipartisan Budget Act, increases state funding and flexibility to operate programs designed to strengthen and support families, It is intended to keep children safe at home and protected from nursing homes.
Illinois’ Family First Title IV-E prevention plan was approved by the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Children in October 2021.
“Every child deserves the opportunity to grow up in a safe, stable and loving home.” Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said: “The Family First Act will allow Illinois to invest more resources in addiction treatment, mental health services, and parent skills building to strengthen families and keep children safe at home. increase.”
According to Illinois’ five-year plan, the state will mobilize and expand a suite of evidence-based interventions for parenting skills, prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, and mental health services to help end the crisis. support families in need and prevent children from entering foster care. Encourage and support kinship care. Improve services to her teens during pregnancy and parenting. Reduce hospital stays and improve quality of care for children who deserve institutional care.
“Our efforts to build a 21st century child and family welfare system did not begin when the Family First Act was passed, but Family First means that all children we serve and new opportunities to meet the unique needs of families,” said Mark D. Smith, Illinois DCFS Director, “No agency or organization can do this job alone. Today’s summit is an important step in our continued collaboration as we work toward our vision of a state of Illinois where children and families have the resources and support they need to thrive. .”
“Casey Family Programs, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services, is the first in a series of statewide summits focused on promoting the well-being of vulnerable children and families and preventing child abuse. We are delighted to be able to help,” said Casey Family Programs Senior. Directed by Lyman Letters. “We are thrilled to support today’s summit and look forward to working with the State of Illinois on future efforts.”