ACF awards $1.1 million for National Resource Center serving abandoned infants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, October 18, 2010
Contact: Kenneth J. Wolfe
(202) 401-9215

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) Children’s Bureau (CB) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the award of $1.1 million, as a cooperative agreement over a four year period, for a National Resource Center (NRC) to provide training and technical assistance to service providers in order to improve the services available to abandoned infants, infants at risk of abandonment and infants at risk of maltreatment and their families.

“We have an obligation to protect our most vulnerable newborns and young children from the dangers of abuse, neglect, and abandonment,” said David A. Hansell, acting assistant secretary for children and families. “It is imperative that we develop centers such as the National Resource Center to help strengthen programs that prevent the maltreatment of children across the country.”

The NRC will be a national source of information and provide technical and training assistance that will promote the purposes of the Abandoned Infants Assistance Act (AIA) of 1988. The NRC will build the capacity of programs designed to serve abandoned infants, young children and their families, particularly infants and children infected with HIV/AIDS, prenatally exposed to HIV/AIDS or prenatally exposed to a dangerous drug; and build the capacity of child-serving programs to serve infants or very young children who are at risk for maltreatment. The NRC will also address development, coordination and quality of services; strengthening of program evaluation; information exchange; and policy development. The NRC will also assist with critical issues in case management, including safety, well-being and permanency planning issues to improve the outcomes of children and families affected by substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. 

“The National Resource Center will help identify and distribute information across the child welfare, child abuse and neglect and early childhood services systems,” said Bryan Samuels, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. “The more we raise awareness, the better we can help child welfare agencies put an end to child abuse and neglect.”

For more information on the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center visit http://aia.berkeley.edu/.

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