The Preserving Families Blog made its debut in January, the product of two previous blogs that were focused on family preservation. This year we covered the topics of training for in-home services workers, safety, designing an IFPS program, effective prevention programs, changing the child welfare system, and federal legislation.
The Family First Prevention Services Act, federal legislation to expand funding of in-home services, was passed by the House but was not acted upon by the Senate this year. The legislation will need to be re-introduced when the new Congress convenes in January. There will be many other changes at the federal level with new appointments and new policies from the incoming Trump administration. Similar changes will also be forthcoming at the state and local levels.
The new decision-makers may not be familiar with family preservation and in-home services and their critical importance in a continuum of services for families. All of us need to focus on informing, advocating, and providing the best resources and services possible in 2017.
For now, please take a well-deserved rest from all of your hard work this year and spend some wonderful time with your own family. We’ll meet again next year!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Posted by Priscilla Martens
NFPN Executive Director