Family First Background Information and Forms

There is a lot of information available about Family First. We are committed to providing accurate and relevant information to help everyone understand and successfully be a part of implementing Family First. We think these resources will help.

The Prevention Services Clearinghouse: A database of placement prevention services that are classified as well-supported, supported, promising or does not currently meet criteria. Family First provides federal reimbursement for well-supported, supported and promising services.  Review the Prevention Clearinghouse Handbook for additional information. This collaborative project among professionals, foster care alumni, states, Tribes and other stakeholder groups to conduct an objective and transparent review of research on programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families and prevent foster care placements. The website is a database of links to Family First resources.

Annie E Casey Family First Communication Toolkit: A downloadable toolkit to help child welfare leaders, advocates, private providers and others talk about Family First and its intended outcomes.

Federal Program Instruction:

Federal Information Memorandums:

Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: This manual introduces a concept of trauma and offers a framework for becoming a trauma-informed organization, system, or service sector. The manual provides a definition of trauma and a trauma-informed approach and offers six key principles and 10 implementation domains.

Implementing The Family First Prevention Services Act: A Technical Guide for Agencies, Policymakers and Other Stakeholders: To support the range of strategies needed to effectively implement this groundbreaking legislation, this guide is intended to offer the clearest possible information about the provisions of the law and the congressional intent behind it, based on a careful review of statutory language, agency guidance and additional analysis by multiple organizations and partners who were intimately involved in the support and passage of the legislation.

Colorado Family First Implementation Team: This group is responsible for developing, deploying and monitoring a plan to implement Colorado's Family First Implementation Road Map

Delivery of Child Welfare Services Task Force: The task force, composed of county and state staff, was created to analyze laws and rules related to the Delivery of Child Welfare Services to ensure the alignment with Family First.

Colorado Implementation Structure

Family First in Colorado fact sheet


If not you, then who?
Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Available 24 hours a day, every day. Don't hesitate to call and get help. 
Anyone witnessing a child in a life-threatening situation should call 911 immediately.