This announcement is cancelled.
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to solicit proposals for projects that will create and disseminate an Implementation Toolkit that will address the core components of a kinship navigator (KN) program model for the target population: children who are in, or are at-risk of entering, foster care. The KN programs will have assisted kinship caregivers, through information and referral systems and other means, to learn about, find and use existing programs and services to meet their needs and the needs of the children they are raising; and will have promoted effective partnerships between public and private, community and faith-based agencies to serve the needs of these families. Projects that have demonstrated success will be asked to describe and justify the key elements of an effective KN program for this population. We encourage projects to collaborate with agencies that have experience in creating or implementing training manuals.
The project period for grants awarded under this FOA is 17 months, which will be considered one budget period. The authorizing legislation limits the federal share of the total project cost for the first and second year (budget period) to 75% of the total project cost. Therefore, grantees must provide at least 25% of the total approved cost of the project. In addition, no more than 50% of the non-federal share may be in kind, as required by section 427(e) of the Social Security Act.
The Implementation Toolkit would identify and organize key components of an effective KN program for the target population, describe specific processes and mechanisms and include tested tools for implementing these successfully, including but not limited to:
- Assessment of the community's need for KN services;
- Selection of particular methods of providing information and referral services to kinship caregivers;
- Development and application of a screening model to determine the needs of individual kinship caregivers and the children they are raising;
- Development of a KN policy manual that addresses the key components of a KN program;
- Development of training curricula, including a coaching guide or train-the-trainer manual, that includes preparing staff to provide culturally appropriate and trauma-informed services to kinship caregivers;
- Provison of resources, policy guidance and training for staff in child welfare and partner agencies, including Temporary Assistance to Needy Families agencies regarding:
- Needs of kinship caregivers for the target population in the community (ies) served, and
- Effective strategies to assist kinship caregivers identify needed community resources, understand eligibility requirements and access resources and services to help them care for themselves and the target population;
- Development of a dissemination plan to communicate KN program messages and share program materials via brochures, briefs, newsletters and web-based or electronic means; and
- Design of the evaluation model used to determine the effectiveness of the KN Program.
The Implementation Toolkit will build on the lessons learned and evaluation findings of the grantees and will include documentation of the effectiveness of specified approaches. The Implementation Toolkit will provide a step-by-step implementation framework for other agencies interested in replicating similar KN projects for the target population and may serve as a tool for increasing the scale of these projects.
Grantees will develop a Toolkit Dissemination Plan that will identify target audiences and dissemination mechanisms to effectively reach these audiences. The Toolkit will be developed and disseminated within the project period. The project evaluation plan will include evaluation of the effectiveness of the dissemination plan.