The Federal Family First Prevention Services Act can be implemented as early as October of 2019, and Kentucky is committed to being one of the first states to implement it.

Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) and Casey Family Programs, is hosting regional Family First Prevention Services Act convenings. These regional events are taking place in all 9 DCBS regions in June and July.

The Family First Regional Convenings seek to engage stakeholders in every region who are interested in the well-being of children and families. The Family First Prevention Services Act is federal legislation that creates reforms within federal child welfare funding to ensure states can focus more on keeping kids in families safely, whether that is their family of origin or circumstance.

The convenings will cover information about the federal legislation, anticipated changes in Kentucky over the coming months and years, and reflections on both from stakeholders directly affected by those changes.

All are welcome to attend the events, especially those who work in child welfare, education, public health, and other related fields. To find the convening closest to you, take a look at the list below and be sure to RSVP through the event link.

Region: Salt River Trail
(Anderson, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Franklin, Grayson, Hardin, Henry, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, Washington and Woodford)
Date: June 5th
Time: 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m EST
Partner Host: New Beginnings Family Services
Location: Little Flock Baptist Church, 5500 N Preston Hwy, Shepherdsville, KY 40165

Region: Jefferson
Date: June 6th
Time: 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m EST
Partner Host:  Kosair Charities® Face It® Movement
Location:  Sawyer Hayes Community Center,  2201 Lakeland Rd, Louisville, KY 40241

Region: The Lakes
(Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Christian, Crittenden, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Hopkins, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken, Muhlenberg, Trigg and Todd)
Date: June 7th
Time: 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m CST
Partner Host: Voices of the Commonwealth
Location: Murray State University, CSI Auditorium—Paducah Campus, 4430 Sunset Ave, Paducah, KY 42001

Region: Eastern Mountain
(Breathitt, Floyd, Johnson, Knott, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike, and Wolfe)
Date: June 10th
Time: 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m EST
Partner Host: Mountain Comprehensive Care
Location: Jenny Wiley Convention Center, 419 Jenny Wiley Dr, Prestonsburg, KY 41653

Region: Cumberland
(Adair, Bell, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Wayne and Whitley)
Date: June 12th
Time: 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m EST
Partner Host: Berea Partners for Education
Location: Somerset Community College, Meece Hall Auditorium, 808 Monticello St, Somerset, KY 42501

Region: Northern Bluegrass
(Boone, Bourbon, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Kenton, Nicholas, Owen, Pendleton, and Scott)
Date: June 14th
Time: 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m EST
Partner Host: Family Nurturing Center
Location: St. Elizabeth Training and Education Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd, Erlanger, KY 41018

Region: Two Rivers
Allen, Barren, Butler, Daviess, Edmonson, Hancock, Hart, Henderson, Logan, McLean, Metcalfe, Monroe, Ohio, Simpson, Union, Warren and Webster)
Date: June 26th
Time: 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m CST
Partner Host: CASA of the Ohio Valley
Location: Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, 1201 Pleasant Valley Rd, Owensboro, KY 42303

Region: Southern Bluegrass
(Boyle, Clark, Estill, Fayette, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Madison, Mercer and Powell)
Date: July 10th
Time: 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m EST
Partner Host: Life Adventure Center
Location: Life Adventure Center, 570 Milner Rd, Versailles, KY 40383

Region: Northeastern
(Bath, Bracken, Boyd, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Greenup, Lawrence, Lewis, Mason, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Robertson, and Rowan)
Date: July 12th
Time: 9:30 a.m -12:30 p.m EST
Partner Host: Sunrise Children’s Services
Location: Rowan County Arts Center, 205 E Main St, Morehead, KY 40351