Goal Four: Support Underserved and Under-represented Populations

4.1 Strengthen programs targeting underserved and underrepresented populations

4.1.1 We will coordinate and hold a tribal and Native American grantee meeting across ACF programs every 2 years, subject to the availability of funds and in coordination with other program offices to help reduce costs. — Administration for Native Americans

4.1.2 We will provide new and updated online and technological resources to increase the effectiveness of tribes and Native American-eligible populations and service providers including monthly technical assistance webinars that support current grantees to administer successful projects that meet or exceed funded objectives and build the capacity of potential grantees to compete successful for ANA funding. —Administration for Native Americans 

4.1.3 We will create a community of native language providers across ACF programs to share resources and successful approaches to revitalizing Native American Languages.  The work group will support the goals and purposes of the Memorandum of Understanding between HHS and the Department of Education White House Initiative on Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Education and the Bureau of Indian Education.  — Administration for Native Americans

4.1.4 We will fully implement the ACF Native American Affairs Advisory Council to discuss policy and program issues related to White House, HHS, and ACF initiatives across all ACF programs. — Administration for Native Americans

4.1.5 We will establish the Assistant Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee to serve as an external committee to assist with priorities, outreach, and communication to establish better and stronger relationships with tribal communities. — Administration for Native Americans

4.1.6 We will establish and implement a tribal/state policy in the regions to foster better relationships and better social service program delivery. — Administration for Native Americans

4.1.7 We will increase staff capacity and knowledge by providing no less than annually a cultural learning opportunity for staff who work with tribes and Native American populations. — Administration for Native Americans

4.1.8 We will provide new and updated online and technological resources that will be helpful to refugees and other Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) eligible populations and service providers. — Office of Refugee Resettlement

4.1.9 We will provide targeted support for refugee women and families by building upon their strengths and linking them with equal opportunities to training, employment, and other critical resources that enable a long-term successful integration into U.S. society. — Office of Refugee Resettlement

4.1.10 We will promote the health and well-being of refugees and other ORR-eligible populations through purposeful collaboration and initiatives that aim to reduce disparities and increase access to culturally sensitive services. — Office of Refugee Resettlement

4.1.11 We will further engage TANF offices nationwide in order to facilitate the coordination of benefits for refugees and other TANF-eligible ORR populations. — Office of Refugee Resettlement and Office of Family Assistance

4.1.12 We will implement the objectives laid out for ACF in the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States in alignment with the timetable set by the Plan. — Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary and Office of Regional Operations

4.1.13 We will establish an office/coordinating body to oversee communication, collaboration, and coordination of anti-trafficking related initiatives within ACF and between ACF and other elements of the Department, other federal agencies, and non-government stakeholders. — Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary

4.1.14 We will coordinate with the Department of Justice on federal funding for services to victims of human trafficking across multiple service systems, including youth-oriented, domestic violence, interpersonal violence, and human trafficking specific programs. — Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary and Family and Youth Services Bureau

4.1.15 We will provide guidance on safe and ethical anti-trafficking victim outreach practices in coordination with federal partners. — Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary

4.1.16 We will approve title IV-E plans for additional tribes to directly operate the title IV-E foster care, adoption assistance and kinship guardianship programs  and will award up to five additional title IV-E plan development grants and continue to support additional tribes in their ongoing work toward developing an approvable title IV-E plan. — Children’s Bureau    

4.1.17 We will work with tribes to increase their capacity to promote child safety, permanency and well-being. — Children’s Bureau

4.2 Conduct outreach to stakeholders and providers

4.2.1 We will improve engagement and outreach to underrepresented and underserved populations, such as Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, African American, and Asian American/Pacific Islander communities, Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender (LGBT), refugees, survivors of human trafficking, individuals with disabilities, territories, and others across ACF programs. — Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary

4.2.2 We will better connect ORR-eligible populations with mainstream resources and mitigate barriers to successful, long-term U.S. integration by increasing outreach and collaboration with internal/external partners, leveraging existing resources, and further developing ORR’s internal capacity through information sharing. — Office of Refugee Resettlement

4.2.3 We will develop strategies to increase representation of diverse perspectives on grant review panels, and track our progress in increasing diversity among grant review panels.  — Office of Administration and ACF Grant-Making Offices

4.2.4 We will develop strategies to assist program offices in their efforts to include underrepresented and underserved populations in upcoming funding opportunity announcements and encourage non-traditional applicants for grants. — Office of Administration and ACF Grant-Making Offices

4.2.5 We will strengthen technical assistance to tribal governments and organizations in the Community Services Block Grant through consultation with tribal representatives and development of technical assistance guidance specifically targeted to tribal anti-poverty and program accountability efforts. — Office of Community Services and Administration for Native Americans                                                 

4.2.6 We will determine possibilities of partnering with social work schools, counseling schools, and related professional associations to increase training for health professionals on meeting the needs of human trafficking victims. — Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary and Office of Regional Operations

4.2.7 We will explore the creation of a public platform to receive ongoing feedback on the quality of services accessed by survivors of human trafficking, including gaps in services and challenges to service delivery. — Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary

4.2.8 We will coordinate with interested federal partners to strengthen engagement and awareness of human trafficking among youth through integration of youth-informed and youth-friendly prevention and intervention messages. — Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary

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