April 2014 Infórmate

Image of two young girls sitting in the park with the words April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month Visit disclaimer page , a time to recognize that we all can play an important role in making meaningful connections with children and families in our communities.  Since 1983, the Children's Bureau has been a beacon in the efforts to promote National Child Abuse Prevention Month. National, state and local organizations look to the Children's Bureau to lead the way in the promotion of child abuse prevention.

The 2014 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections Visit disclaimer page is developed annually in collaboration with the Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN), FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and the Center for the Study of Social Policy Strengthening Families. The 2014 Resource Guide offers many strategies to support service providers and communities in their efforts to prevent child abuse and promote well-being. The guide and its resources focus on protective factors that build family strength and promote optimal child and youth development. Agencies, policymakers, advocates, service providers, and parents alike can help promote these important elements within their communities and families.

The online version of the 2014 Resource Guide Visit disclaimer page offers additional resources for professionals and families in the Latino community.

  • "Capítulo 2: Trabajando con familias: Los seis factores de protección," the Spanish-language version of "Chapter 2: Working With Families Using the Protective Factors," contains detailed information about the six protective factors for preventing child maltreatment and tips for integrating them into programs and direct practice with families and children.
  • Discussions and visits between service providers and parents or caregivers can be enhanced through the use of the guide's 16 strength-based parent tip sheets Visit disclaimer page —available in English and Spanish. Grounded in the six protective factors, the tip sheets provide parents with concrete steps that they can take to care for their children and strengthen their families. Tip sheet topics include "Managing Stress," "Managing your Finances," "Parenting Your School-Age Child," "Ten Ways to Be a Better Dad," and more. The 2014 Resource Guide also contains two new tip sheets:
    • "Making Healthy Connections With Your Family" suggests ways for families to bond while improving their health through eating well and increasing their physical activity (pages 50–51 in the Resource Guide).
    • "Preventing Child Sexual Abuse" offers tips to help adults protect children from sexual predators (pages 52–53 in the Resource Guide).
  • Three activity calendars—one for prevention programs, one for parents, and one for community partners—are also available in English and Spanish. The calendars suggest daily activities for the month of April that promote the well-being of children and families through the six protective factors. 

Additional publications that address child abuse and neglect prevention, adoption, out-of-home care, mental health, and more are available on the https://www.childwelfare.gov/spanish Visit disclaimer page section of the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.

For the latest ACF information and news, visit The Family Room Blog.



Photo of HHS Secretary Kathleen SebeliusACF & HHS Strategic Plans Released

ACF is pleased to share the ACF Strategic Plan for 2014. Many ACF staffers reviewed and commented on the plan last year and early this year. The document reflects the agency’s shared vision and commitment to priority work for 2014.  ACF encourages you to read the introduction, which highlights both for ACF staff and external stakeholders, the agency’s vision and priorities.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also announced the publication of its new HHS Strategic Plan FY 2014 – 2018 and the Secretary’s Strategic Initiatives for 2014.  Both are available on the HHS.gov website Visit disclaimer page . ACF encourages you to review these critical documents.

  • HHS Strategic Plan FY 2014 – 2018: Every four years, HHS updates its strategic plan, as required by the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) of 1993 (P.L. 103-62) and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010 (P.L. 111), which describes its work to address complex, multifaceted and evolving health and human services issues.
  • Secretary’s Strategic Initiatives for 2014: The Secretary’s Strategic Initiatives also have been updated for 2014. Four new Initiatives have been added – focused on community living for older adults and people with disabilities, global well-being and health diplomacy, the health care workforce, and patients’ rights and privacy. The Secretary’s Strategic Initiatives are short, high-level descriptions of priority activities or initiatives for the department and are developed at the secretary’s discretion.



ACF Releases Research on Hispanic Cultural Competence in Social Services, Data Collection

On March 31, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation released two research briefs that focus on Hispanic populations:

These briefs were developed as a result of discussions of the Hispanic Research Work Group.



Hispanic toddler smiling.Birth to Five: Watch Me Thrive! - A Developmental and Behavioral Screening Initiative

Maximizing the health and development of children and families in the United States is an urgent priority of the Obama Administration because we know that children who have a bright start have the best odds for a bright future. As a result the following agencies have partnered to launch Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!, a coordinated effort to encourage developmental and behavioral screening and support for children, families, and the providers who care for them:

  • Administration for Children and Families
  • Administration for Community Living
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Medicaid and Medicare
  • Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Office of Special Education Programs at the Department of Education

Learn more about the research-based screening tools, resource toolkits and caregiver support by clicking here: Birth to 5: Watch Me Thrive!


Photo Enrique sitting in his office.Enrique’s Story

After Enrique and his siblings were placed into separate foster care, Enrique vowed to go back for them to keep his family together. “I hope I can motivate prospective foster/adoptive families to consider becoming a positive resource for the children that are unable to return to their birth families. Every child needs an adult in their lives that could love and care for them, and who could also provide a safe environment,” said Enrique. Read more about his journey.



Image removed.Freedom of Information Act: Your Right to Know

ACF spotlighted its government transparency center — the Freedom Information Act Office — during Sunshine Week in March. Sunshine Week is a national initiative spearheaded by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government and the dangers of excessive and unnecessary secrecy.  FOIA Officer Kimberly Epstein penned a couple of short blogs to help people know what’s a FOIA request, what isn’t, and what to include in your request to help her office process the claim quickly:




ACF programs have a variety of funding opportunities available to support social service programming at the state, local and tribal levels. Our grantees include:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • For-profit Organizations
  • Government
  • Educational Organizations
  • Public Housing Groups

ACF funds an array of activities that support the economic and social well-being of people throughout the country. Find out which ACF grants are available today: Funding Opportunities. To learn how to apply for a grant, view this guide to resources for community and faith-based organizations. To learn how to become a grant reviewer, view the ACF Grant Review Guide. To learn more about grant and funding opportunities within the individual ACF programs, visit these links:

Photo of a teenage runaway leaning against a wall covered by grafitti.Street Outreach Program Funding Now Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting applications for the Street Outreach Program. The Street Outreach Program funds organizations that provide street-based services to runaway, homeless and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at risk of being subjected to, sexual abuse, prostitution or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist youth in making healthy choices and ultimately help them leave the streets. Deadline for applications: Monday, May 12. Read the funding opportunity announcement.

Basic Center Program Funding Now Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is now accepting applications for the Basic Center Program. The purpose of the BCP is to provide an alternative for runaway and homeless youth who might otherwise end up with law enforcement or in the child welfare, mental health, or juvenile justice systems. The BCP works to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their families. The programs provide youth up to age 18 with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care. Most basic centers can provide 21 days of shelter for up to 20 youth at a time. There are exceptions for jurisdictions that have different standards for licensing. Basic centers seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements. Services will include: street-based services; home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family; drug abuse education and prevention services; and at the request of runaway and homeless youth, testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Deadline for applications: Monday, May 12. Read the funding opportunity announcement.



Interested in Working with ACF?

ACF is working hard to increase diversity in its workforce and enhance the cultural competency of the agency, its employees and its contractors. One sure way to reach that goal is to hire more people from diverse backgrounds. Please visit www.usajobs.gov and search for vacancies in the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services. Current jobs available at HHS include (as of April 1, 2014):

ACF Job Openings (partial list, for complete list visit usajobs.gov):

  • Child Care Program Specialist Visit disclaimer page in the Office of Child Care. Duties include developing, collecting, maintaining and disseminating information essential to child care programs under the auspices of the Office of Child Care. Salary ranges from $51,135 to $80,427. Location: Seattle. Deadline to apply: Monday, April 21.
  • Management and Program Analyst Visit disclaimer page in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. Duties include developing recommendations for modifying, revising or implementing procedures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of program operations. Salary ranges from $52,146 to $67,787. Location: Washington D.C. Deadline to apply: Tuesday, April 22.
  • Supervisory Child Care Program Specialist Visit disclaimer page in the Office of Child Care. Duties include supervising regional child care staff and providing administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the regional child care unit. Two positions in the region: Salary for position in New York: $110,112 to $143,141; Salary for position in San Francisco: $115,613 - $150,291; Deadline to apply: Monday, April 28.
  • Child Care Monitoring Lead Visit disclaimer page in the Office of Child Care. Duties include developing and coordinating procedures and protocols including monitoring tools, site visit procedures and quality assurance checks, to assess grantee compliance with Child Care and Development Fund requirements. Salary ranges from $89,924 to $116,901. Location: Washington D.C. Deadline to apply: Tuesday, May 6.
  • Financial Management Specialist Visit disclaimer page in the Office of Grants Management. Duties include supporting a range of financial management functions including the annual audit of ACF's financial statements, implementation of OMB Circular A-123, improper payment risk assessments and broad oversight of ACF's diverse portfolio of mandatory and discretionary grants. Salary ranges from $47,923 to $106,955. Deadline to apply: Monday, June 16. Several positions in the region: San Francisco, Denver, Washington DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Kansas City (MO), New York, Philadelphia, Dallas and Seattle.

HHS Job Openings (partial list, for complete list visit usajobs.gov Visit disclaimer page ):

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