Family First Prevention Services Act Resource Center

Clearinghouse Draft

Title IV-E Prevention Services


What is the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse?

The Title IV- E Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 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 Prevention Services Clearinghouse, developed in accordance with the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) as codified in Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, rates programs and services as well-supportedsupportedpromising, or does not currently meet criteria.


How do I access the Clearinghouse?

The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse is available at https://preventionservices.abtsites.com/


What programs and services has the Clearinghouse reviewed so far?

Users can search programs and services rated well-supported, supported, promising, or does not currently meet criteria, using the Find a Program or Service page on the Clearinghouse website. https://preventionservices.abtsites.com/program


How do I submit services and programs to the Clearinghouse for review?

A Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures has been created to assist the field in using the Clearinghouse. The handbook can be found here: https://preventionservices.abtsites.com/themes/ffc_theme/pdf/psc_handbook_v1_final_508_compliant.pdf

The Prevention Services Clearinghouse will continue to select programs and services for review using an inclusive process. Programs and services will be identified from the following sources:

  • A public call for recommendations on at least an annual basis. The first public call will occur in summer of 2019. The public, including state or local government administrators and tribes, will have the opportunity to submit program or service recommendations for potential review through electronic submission or mail directly to the Prevention Services Clearinghouse. Submissions may also include publicly available literature submitted by stakeholders in support of recommended programs and services;

  • Recommendations received in response to the 2018 FRN, federal partners, and other key stakeholders; and

  • An environmental scan and an inventory of the literature.

Particular consideration will be given to programs and services recommended by State or local government administrators in response to the 2018 FRN or the public calls; rated by other clearinghouses (such as CEBC or HomVEE); recommended by federal partners; and/or evaluated as part of any grants supported by the Children’s Bureau (such as the Title IV-E Child Welfare Demonstrations or Regional Partnership Grants).