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CB Discretionary Grant forecast published today -HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CO-0828

March 4, 2014

 Tribal Title IV-E Implementation Grantees


This new forecast was published today-

Intensive Child Focused Adoptive Parent Recruitment HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CO-0828

Most Recent Update: 03/04/2014 12:37:43 PM

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CO-0828
Forecast ID Number: ACF-2014-FCAST-0206
Fiscal Year: 2014
Funding Opportunity Title:Intensive Child Focused Adoptive Parent Recruitment
CFDA Number: 93.652
Funding Activity Category: Income Security and Social Services
CFDA Number Description: Family and Child Welfare Services Research, Demonstration
Funding Instrument Type Code(s): Grant
Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: No
Affordable Care Act (ACA): No

Estimated Funding Information:
Estimated Funding: $4,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 8
Estimated Award Ceiling: $500,000
Estimated Award Floor: $250,000

Estimated Milestone Dates:
Estimated Post Date: 05/13/2014
Estimated Application Due Date: 07/12/2014
Application Due Date Explanation:
Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Estimated Award Date: 09/30/2014
Estimated Start Date: 09/30/2014

Eligibility Category:

State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses
Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"

Additional Eligibility Information:
Collaborative efforts and interdisciplinary approaches are acceptable. Applications from collaborations must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the cooperative agreement. If the primary applicant is not the state or county child welfare system, there must be a signed agreement in place with the state or county child welfare system stating that they are working in partnership with the applicant.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations at: Applications from individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship for-profit organizations are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to test, by awarding 8 discretionary grants, intensive and exhaustive child-focused adoptive parent recruitment strategies for children in foster care. Intensive recruitment strategies have been shown to move foster youth into permanent families at a higher rate than traditional recruitment approaches. These programs will focus on children/youth that are the hardest to place from the child welfare system due to age, disability, or sibling group membership.

Expected Outcomes for each grant site:
- Identification of children/youth in the public child welfare system waiting the longest for an adoptive home due to their age, special    needs or sibling group membership;
- Reduction in the amount of time that children/youth wait for an adoptive placement while in the care of the child welfare system;
- Reduction in the number of older adolescents emancipating from the child welfare system without a permanent adoptive family;
- Integrated models of successful intensive recruitment by child welfare workers in public child welfare systems; and

A performance evaluation of the above-stated outcomes for each grant will be conducted by the grantee to determine the impact that the discretionary grant has had on the public child welfare system associated with the grant.

Each grant will be tailored to meet the unique needs of a state’s child welfare population. Children and youth that have been waiting the longest for adoptive homes will be identified. An individual needs assessment of each child/youth identified as one of those that has been waiting the longest will be conducted to include their strengths and challenges as well as service needs that need to be addressed prior to the finalization of an adoption. Each site will develop an intensive recruitment and development process for adoptive parents that will be equipped to meet the individual and specific needs of the children/youth identified for inclusion in this project.

Preparation of the child/youth for adoption will be included in the recruitment process as well as the preparation and development of the prospective adoptive family to assure their capacity to meet the needs of the child/youth.

Adoption is most likely to be successful when the adoptive family is properly educated about the background and needs of the child, has learned appropriate intervention strategies for the mental health, medical, emotional, and behavioral challenges of the child and fully commits to embracing these challenges. Preparation services benefit the adoptive placement by strengthening the caregivers understanding of the unique needs of the child and the need to nurture the relational permanency needed.

Federal Agency Contact Information:
Federal Agency:  Department of Health and Human Services
Name: June Dorn
Email Address:
Phone: (202) 205-9540(202) 205-9540(202) 205-9540(202) 205-9540

OpDiv:  Administration for Children & Families
Sub OpDiv: Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Division: Children's Bureau



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