The national START program has been approved for inclusion in the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse as a promising practice. The clearinghouse is a registry that helps to identify and share information about evidence-based practices that support children and families and prevent foster care placements. Evidence-based practices are those with empirical research that show their effectiveness.
The Family First Act is federal law designed to support struggling families with evidence-based interventions so that children at risk of abuse or neglect can remain safely at home. Ohio must implement it by October of 2021.
“The Ohio START team is pleased that the national START model has been included in the prevention services clearinghouse and we are thankful to our partners at Children and Family Futures for their hard work to ensure the program has reached this milestone. This means that Ohio can continue to move forward with our plan to implement START as one of Ohio’s five Family First prevention programs,” said Ohio START Director Fawn Gadel.