Family First

​Reside​​ntial Services

If a child or teen is unable to safely live with their parents or caregivers, they should grow up in the least restrictive setting.  

Sometimes, short-term treatment can help provide the services and stability a child or teen needs before they transition to a family-like setting, where they are better able to address their past traumatic experiences.​


Qualified Resid​ential Treatment Programs

Children and teens who can’t grow up safely at home should grow up in the least restrictive setting. Sometimes, these kids need more than foster care. They need a time-limited placement with treatment to provide services and stability before they transition to a family-like setting or return home.

Family First creates a new type of care called Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP). 

​​Learn more about Becoming a QRTP provider.

Specia​​lized Care Settings

In addition to care in a qualified residential treatment program, Family First allows for the use of federal funding for the following specialized care settings:​

  • ​A setting specializing in providing prenatal, postpartum or parenting supports for young people
  • A supervised independent living setting for young adults age 18-21
  • A setting that provides high-quality residential care and support services to survivors of child sex trafficking or those at risk of becoming sex trafficking victims
  • Family-based residential treatment facilities for substance use disorder​