The U.S. Congress passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) in February 2018. This law restructured federal child welfare funding, particularly Title IV-E and Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, which Texas uses to pay for services for children in foster care and their families.
The FFPSA seeks to reduce the number of children entering foster care, limit the use of congregate care, and increase access to substance abuse and mental health services.
DFPS has been working closely with federal and state staff and stakeholders to analyze the impact of the FFPSA on the child welfare system. Part of the analysis is to determine if there is a fiscal impact to the state or needed changes to statute, as well as an examination of the required timelines for implementation. This analysis is preliminary and subject to change, as Texas is awaiting additional guidance from federal agencies.
Learn more about the delay in implementation. The two-year delay does not prohibit Texas from implementing sooner, should the decision change. To read more about the Family First Prevention Services Act, please visit the DFPS website.