Families First Prevention Services Act Passed the House

June 2016.  On Tuesday, June 21, the Families First Prevention Services Act passed with bipartisan support.  This bill will change the SSA Title IV to enable states to provide prevention services and supports to children at risk of entering the child welfare system.  These services and supports include mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services and in-home parent skill-based programs designed to improve children’s safety, permanency and well-being.  ATN supports this bill, and is especially pleased that the bill includes ALL families, including those formed by adoption (domestic, internationally or private) as well as kinship and guardianship families.  ATN also supports the bill because it calls for trauma-informed practices and addressing trauma by use of trauma-specific interventions.

The companion Senate Bill (S. 3065) was introduced on June 16 and is currently in the Senate Finance committee for review.  It is currently being sponsored by Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO).

To see the full House bill, click here. https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/5456

Julie has been ATN's Executive Director since 2009. She joined the organization in 2004 after finding incredible support from fellow ATNers when she was searching for answers about her own daughter's early childhood trauma and attachment disorders. Julie leads a staff of passionate professionals and acts as spokesperson for the organization. Prior to ATN, Julie was the president of a marketing and communications consultancy, The Epiphany Group, and has over two decades of experience in professional services marketing, strategic planning and communication strategies. As a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and through personal experience, Julie has garnered a great deal of experience in the areas of special education, school issues, and disabilities advocacy. A published author, Julie wrote a chapter in the EMK Press Adoption Parenting book and was the special needs blogger at Adoptionblogs.com for two years. She frequently presents workshops on attachment and trauma to local and national groups. Email Julie. Julie holds an MBA from Avila College in Kansas City and was a Certified Professional Services Marketer. Julie, and her husband Dave, are parents to four (bio, step and adoptive), including their youngest daughter, adopted from China. This daughter’s attachment difficulties and developmental trauma disorder have changed their lives significantly…in amazing ways.