Discretionary Grant Programs

The Children's Bureau uses a competitive peer review process to award discretionary grants for knowledge development to state, tribal and local agencies; faith- and community-based organizations; and other nonprofit and for-profit groups.

State & Tribal Grant Programs

The Children's Bureau provides matching funds to states, tribes, and communities to help them operate every aspect of their child welfare systems, including child maltreatment prevention, adoption, and information systems.

Adoption Incentive Awards

The Children’s Bureau issues awards to states for increasing the number of children from foster care who are adopted. This document provides the cumulative adoption incentive awards earned by states from fiscal year 1998 through fiscal year 2011.

Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration Projects

The Child Welfare Waiver Demonstration authority provides states with an opportunity to use federal funds more flexibly in order to test innovative approaches to child welfare service delivery and financing. The states can design and demonstrate a wide range of approaches to reforming child welfare and improving outcomes in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being.

General Funding Information

This section includes general information about Children’s Bureau funding, including how to apply.