FY 2020 Children's Bureau Discretionary Grant Awards

Publication Date: September 9, 2020

The following are Children's Bureau discretionary grants awarded in fiscal year (FY) 2020. When available, each grant award will include a link to the expired Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), a brief description, the grant recipients, and a link to their project abstracts.

National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Courts

HS-2020-ACF-ACYF-CZ-1840 Visit disclaimer page

The purpose of this FOA is to create, through cooperative agreement, a National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Courts (Center). The Center will serve as the focal point for national child welfare expertise, evidence-informed training and technical assistance services, and workforce development support for State Court Improvement Programs (CIP), Tribal Court Improvement Programs (TCIP), courts, child welfare attorneys, and the Children's Bureau's State and Tribal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Implementation Partnership Grantees. These services and supports are designed to build the capacity of state and tribal courts, CIPs, TCIPs and child welfare judges and attorneys to meet federal requirements, to participate in federal monitoring and related state and tribal child welfare program improvement planning activities, to implement national child welfare policies and programs, to improve practice and service delivery, and to achieve prevention, safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children, youth, and families.

The first-year award amount is up to $3,000,000, with a project period up to 48 months. The grant was awarded to the following:

  • American Bar Association, DC

Quality Improvement Center on Family-Centered Reunification

HHS-2020-ACF-ACYF-CZ-1839 Visit disclaimer page

The purpose of this FOA is to establish, through cooperative agreement, one Quality Improvement Center (QIC) to develop a model program to assess and address the array of individual and collective needs of birth families to support timely, stable, and lasting family reunification and family well-being. The QIC will install, implement, and evaluate the model program in 4-6 local sites. The QIC will incorporate information learned through a literature review, a pool of technical assistance (TA) experts, and the input of birth parents, foster parents, youth, courts, and community service providers/support organizations throughout development and implementation of project activities.

The first-year award amount is up to $2,000,000, with a project period up to 60 months. The grant was awarded to the following:

  • University of Maryland, MD

Standing Announcement for Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development Grants

HHS-2019-ACF-ACYF-CS-1561 Visit disclaimer page

The purpose of this FOA is to award one-time grants to tribes, tribal organizations, or tribal consortia that are seeking to develop a plan to implement a title IV-E foster care; adoption assistance; and, at tribal option, a title IV-E plan under section 471 of the Social Security Act. The grant may be used for costs relating to the development of data-collection systems, a cost-allocation methodology, agency and tribal court procedures necessary to meet the case review system requirements under section 475(5) of the Act, or any other costs attributable to meeting any other requirement necessary for approval of a title IV-E plan.

The award amount is up to $300,000 for one 24-month project and budget period. The grants were awarded to the following:

  • Pala Band of Mission Indians, CA
  • Ponca Tribe Of Nebraska, NE
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