Panel Discussion on The Family First Act in Austin April 10

As part of their Children’s Policy Series, Texans Care for Children is hosting The Family First Act: What it Means for Texas Kids, Communities, and Policies on April 10 from 1-3 p.m. in Austin.

The Family First Act, which passed Congress last month, allows states to use federal foster care matching funds for prevention services that address mental health, substance use and parenting skills to keep at-risk children from entering the foster care system in the first place. The law also limits federal reimbursements for youth in foster care who are placed in congregate care settings.

Hear from expert panelists as they discuss how implementation of the new law in Texas could affect – or should affect – the state’s child welfare, children’s mental health and juvenile justice systems; and the children and families whose lives are shaped by these systems.

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