Infórmate June 2015

Photo of several former refugee children of different ethnicitiesJune 20 Marks World Refugee Day

Each year on June 20, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and countless civic groups around the world pause to observe World Refugee Day.

Together, the Administration for Children and Families joins the resettlement network and other partners in honoring the unique strengths of the nearly 17 million refugees worldwide and 51.2 million who have been forcibly displaced.  Included here are adults, children, youth and families who wait for years or sometimes decades for a place to call home again, or to reunite with loved ones separated by war, violence, persecution, and uncertainty. This also includes  sexual and gender minorities such as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) refugees or asylees who may face additional discrimination due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or related advocacy.

It is a day of remembrance of thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who perished in search of freedom around the world and to keep their memory alive.  It’s also an opportunity to celebrate the many successes of resettled refugees and asylees worldwide who have made significant contributions and continue to enrich our communities.

In honor of World Refugee Day and the 35th anniversary of our nation’s first Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), here are ways in which we can all be Refugee Champions:


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Photo of a child with the Puerto Rican flag painted on the child's face.Territories Together Initiative

Each year ACF dedicates more than $525 million to our insular communities. Our programs touch the lives of millions of American citizens and nationals. ACF is working to improve service delivery and outreach to American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Read about the new product launching this June to connect with our stakeholders.

 


ALERT

 

Photo of a refugee child smiling.Immigrant and Refugee Integration

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services features an online tool to crowdsource ideas for moving forward with the White House Task Force’s action plan for immigrant and refugee integration. Joining the Idea Community is easy; with an active email address, you can create a profile, submit ideas for discussion, and vote or comment on other people’s ideas. Contact Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov or USCIS-IGAOutreach@uscis.dhs.gov with any questions.

 


NEWS

 

Photo of a foster dad and foster child lying on the grass holding a soccer ball.Children's Bureau Invests in a More Efficient System for Foster Care Placement

In an age when technology exists to connect us all at lightning speed day and night, obstacles that once slowed down progress are quickly fading away. A great example of that evolution is taking place at the Children's Bureau. In May, the Children’s Bureau announced an investment in a new web-based tool to help states place foster care children with families quickly and with more efficiency. In the past, states kept thorough paper records to track youth safely in the child welfare system. This necessary, but old way of doing business for decades often delayed foster care placement. Imagine having to transfer those paper files from one state to another. That takes time – time that children in care simply don’t have. Weeks or months are added to the process before that child gets to see his or her new home. All that changed in May, thanks to a project funded by a three-year, $3.6 million grant. Read more about this initiative.


 

OUTREACH

 

 

Image removed.ACF Increases Online Presence

Over the past five years, ACF has nearly tripled its social media presence. Agency programs are incorporating new apps as part of their communication plans. From new ACF rules, media releases to funding opportunities, follow us online to become the first to know. Click here for the latest list of ACF social media accounts.


FOCUS

 


Image removed.Robert Garcia, Region 9 ACF Regional AdministratorCoaching Boys into Men

Recently, Region 9 ACF Administrator Robert Garcia visited Family Youth Services Bureau grantee Futures without Violence in San Francisco. For more than 30 years, “FUTURES" has been providing groundbreaking programs, policies and campaigns for the community. The agency targets individuals and organizations working to end violence against women and children around the world.

A program that has been successful is Coaching Boys into Men, a national campaign that engages men as fathers, uncles, teachers and coaches to teach boys to respect women. It also educates them that violence never equals strength. Learn more about this initiative that is supported by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

 


 

QUICK LINKS

 

Here is a partial list of ACF programs and ways to connect. For a complete overview of all ACF programs, visit our ACF Directory, which is also available in Spanish.


GRANTS

 

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 (also available in Spanish). To learn more about grant and funding opportunities within the individual ACF programs, visit these links:

Grants Announced

Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Opportunity Title: Technical Assistance to the Survivors of Torture Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-ORR-ZT-0988
Synopsis: The goal of the Technical Assistance to the Survivor of Torture (TA SOT) program is to ensure that direct service organizations have the training and resources needed to provide quality, integrated, and sustainable care to survivors and their families throughout the United States.  The objectives of the TA SOT program are to: 1) build the service capacity of Direct Services to Survivors of Torture (DS SOT) grantees and other ORR-funded organizations to provide quality care to survivors; 2) foster collaboration between DS SOT organizations, other ORR-funded service providers, and mainstream health and behavioral health providers to deliver integrated care to survivors of torture; and 3) assess and strengthen the quality and sustainability of DS SOT grantees to ensure that services are available to survivors beyond the project period.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276340
Application Due Date: Monday, July 6, 2015

Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Opportunity Title: Refugee Technical Assistance Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-ORR-RB-0983
Synopsis: The Refugee Technical Assistance (RTA) program is intended to assist ORR funded refugee-service providers, hereafter referred to as "refugee-service providers", in their response to specific challenges or needs in refugee resettlement.  The goal of the RTA Program is to provide innovative TA support on national and individual levels to direct service providers that are funded by one of ORR's discretionary or mandatory grant programs to improve the quality of services provided to refugees and support the long-term civic, economic, and linguistic integration of refugees in the United States.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276329
Application Due Date: Monday, July 6, 2015


Program Office: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Funding Opportunity Title: Early Head Start University Partnerships: Building the Evidence Base for Infant/Toddler Center-based Programs
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OPRE-YR-1010
Synopsis: This grant program seeks to stimulate systematic, programmatic, multidisciplinary research to develop and test models of integrated interventions targeted at parents and teachers to promote infant and toddler development across multiple domains including cognitive, language, and social-emotional/behavioral development. It is expected that research studies and programs stimulated by this initiative will contribute scientific data that inform a number of practice and policy issues.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276334
Application Due Date: Monday, July 6, 2015

Program Office: Office of Family Assistance
Funding Opportunity Title: Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and Mobility
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FO-0992
Synopsis: Cooperative agreements awarded under this announcement will support prisoner reentry programs that provide innovative community-centered, skill-based pre- and post-release and supportive services to formerly incarcerated fathers.  Programs should be designed to address key outcomes related to healthy relationships and marriage, parenting, economic stability and recidivism.  These include, but are not limited to, improved family functioning through healthy couple relationship skill building, improved co-parenting, improved child well-being, strengthening positive father-child engagement, increased economic self-sufficiency and stability through employment opportunities and improving economic mobility.   ACF is particularly interested in programs that have the demonstrated ability to incorporate a broad array of community-centered strategies to achieve the overarching Responsible Fatherhood legislative goal.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276448
Application Due Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Program Office: Office of Family Assistance
Funding Opportunity Title: New Pathways for Fathers and Families
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FK-0993
Synopsis: The Responsible Fatherhood initiative is designed to help fathers establish or strengthen positive parental interaction by providing activities that develop and improve relationship, communication and parenting skills, and contribute to the financial well-being of their children by providing job training and other employment services.  Responsible Fatherhood activities also help fathers improve relationships with their spouses, significant others, and/or the mothers of their children.  ACF is particularly interested in organizations that have the capacity and proven record of accomplishment in helping low-income fathers, and comprehensive fatherhood programs that integrate robust economic stability services, healthy marriage and relationship activities, and activities designed to foster responsible parenting.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276480
Application Due Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Program Office: Office of Family Assistance
Funding Opportunity Title: Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grants
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FM-0985
Synopsis: Grants awarded under this announcement will support programs that have the capacity and proven record of accomplishment in providing a broad range of marriage and relationship skills training.  To address the multiple barriers faced by individuals, couples, partners, and families, programs will provide healthy marriage and relationship skills designed to change behaviors of individuals and move families towards economic self-sufficiency.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276477
Application Due Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Program Office: Office of Family Assistance
Funding Opportunity Title: National Center for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OFA-FH-0990
Synopsis: The cooperative agreement awarded under this announcement will support the development, implementation, and management of a national resource center for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (Resource Center). The Resource Center will gather, develop and disseminate information and research related to promoting healthy marriage through a range of activities.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276479
Application Due Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Program Office: Office of Community Services
Funding Opportunity Title: Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Program: Learning Communities Resource Center (LCRC)
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OCS-ET-1006
Synopsis: This cooperative agreement will be a continuation of efforts of the LCRC, which was created in 2013. The LCRC will continue to build the long-term capacity of T/TA for CSBG by promoting and convening learning communities to improve access to validated T/TA information and resources (i.e., innovative, evidence-based, evidence-informed, field tested, exemplary, and/or promising practices). The LCRC will help State CSBG Lead Agencies, CSBG-eligible entities, the Regional Performance Innovation Consortium (RPIC), and other national partners by supporting activities and services that improve program outcomes within the CSBG Network. The LCRC will continue to work to improve the validity, quality, and quantity of T/TA information and resources available within the CSBG Network to help alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. In addition, this cooperative agreement will fund the creation of a new learning cluster focused specifically on alleviating child poverty in rural communities and expanding access to two generation service delivery approaches.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276563
Application Due Date: Monday, July 13, 2015

Program Office: Office of Community Services
Funding Opportunity Title: Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State and Eligible Entity Technical Assistance Services
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OCS-ET-1007
Synopsis: The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces funding for one 17-month cooperative agreement to support the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State and Eligible Entity Technical Assistance Services (SEETAS). The efforts supported through this cooperative agreement will focus on specialized T/TA to meet the needs of the CSBG Network. All T/TA will be designed to develop and improve practices, activities, and services that maximize the resources of CSBG-eligible entities. The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State and Eligible Entity Technical Assistance Services will increase the use of innovative, effective, and legally sound risk mitigation efforts, quality improvement support, capacity development policies, and operational procedures that support efforts to help ensure accountability and sustainability within the CSBG Network.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276596
Application Due Date: Monday, July 13, 2015

Program Office: Office of Head Start
Funding Opportunity Title: National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO)
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HC-0995
Synopsis: The goals of the PMFO are to provide a vehicle for the dissemination of a clear, consistent message from OHS about its priorities for the development and implementation of sound management systems and strong internal controls. PMFO's work will include, but not be limited to, topics such as risk management, internal controls, governance, data collection and analysis, budgeting, and management of multiple funding sources. Training and technical assistance will be delivered to regional training and technical assistance providers, Head Start and Early Head Start agencies, and other early care and education settings across regions, tribes, and territories. PMFO will also assist organizations to implement and enhance the infrastructure necessary to support a well-managed system of early care and education.  Because of the complex nature of the proposed project PMFO will be expected to bring together a consortium of knowledgeable partners within the field of program management and fiscal operations.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276692
Application Due Date: Monday, July 20, 2015

Program Office: Office of Head Start
Funding Opportunity Title: National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HC-0996
Synopsis: The Center will disseminate high quality research informed resources and provide training and technical assistance associated with healthy development and school readiness for infants, toddlers and preschool children (birth to five) across all settings and program options. The Center’s work will include, but not be limited to, professional development for the infant/toddler and preschool workforce; evidence based curriculum; early learning standards; effective transitions; screening and assessment; culturally and linguistically age appropriate practices; enhancing teacher/child interactions; supporting networks of infant/toddler practitioners; supporting children with disabilities (part C and part B); and using data to improve practice.  Training and technical assistance (T/TA) will be delivered to Head Start/Early Head Start agencies, state child care agencies, and other early care and education settings across regions, States, tribes and territories. In addition, the Center will maximize the use of previously developed web-based material and resources that are consistent with OHS and OCC national messages. The Center will work collaboratively and cooperatively with the other OHS and OCC National T/TA Centers and ACF regional offices.  Because of the complex work the Center will conduct, the grantee will be expected to bring together a consortium of knowledgeable partners within the field of early childhood development, teaching and learning.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276693
Application Due Date: Monday, July 20, 2015

Program Office: Office of Head Start
Funding Opportunity Title: National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW)
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HC-0998
Synopsis: The NCECHW will disseminate high-quality, research-informed resources and will provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to Head Start and Early Head Start agencies, state child care agencies, and other early care and education settings across regions, states, tribes and territories.  The resources and T/TA will address services to pregnant women and the health, safety and school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool children (from birth to age five). The NCECHW will provide resources and T/TA that promote the health and developmental potential of children and families in the United States in order to get them school ready and live healthy, productive, and happy lives. Because of the complex work the NCECHW will conduct, they are encouraged to bring together a partnership and/or a consortium of knowledgeable partners within the field of early childhood health and wellness.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276695
Application Due Date: Monday, July 20, 2015

Program Office: Office of Head Start
Funding Opportunity Title: National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OHS-HC-0999
Synopsis: The Center will disseminate high-quality, research-informed resources and provide training and technical assistance associated with family well-being, effective family and community engagement, and children’s school readiness. The Center will help programs support pregnant women and families with children ages birth to 5 years old. The Center’s work will include, but will not be limited to, integrated and systemic family engagement approaches, relationship building practices with families, consumer education, family leadership, family financial stability, and individualized support for families facing adversity. Training and technical assistance (T/TA) will be delivered to Head Start and Early Head Start agencies, state child care agencies, and in other early care and education settings across regions, states, tribes, and territories. In addition, the Center will maximize the use of previously developed, web-based materials and resources that are consistent with OHS and OCC national priorities. The Center will work collaboratively and cooperatively with the other national OHS and OCC T/TA Centers and with ACF's regional offices. Because of the complex work the Center will conduct, the grantee will be expected to bring together a partnership and/or consortium of knowledgeable partners within the field of parent, family, and community engagement.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276671
Application Due Date: Monday, July 20, 2015

Program Office: Office of Child Care
Funding Opportunity Title: National Center for Afterschool and Summer Enrichment
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OCC-TA-1000
Synopsis: The National Center will develop and disseminate high-quality, research-informed-resources and provide training and technical assistance (T/TA) to states, territories and Tribes to support expanded access to and supply of high quality afterschool and summer programs that foster children’s development and learning, especially for low-income children and families. The Center will work with the Office of Child Care (OCC) to design and implement a work plan that includes, but is not limited to, working with CCDF agencies and their state and local partners to identify needs and best practices that will help them expand quality learning opportunities for school-age children; supporting state implementation of new health, safety, and quality provisions in the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, as appropriate in school age care settings; identifying and promoting family engagement approaches that positively involve parents in afterschool and summer programs; and coordinating with early childhood and school-age stakeholder groups and other federal programs to maximize effective service delivery models. The National Center on Afterschool and Summer Enrichment will be awarded as part of a group of six National Centers. T/TA will be delivered to state child care agencies, and other early care and education settings across regions, States, tribes and territories.  The National Center will work collaboratively and cooperatively with OCC National T/TA Centers and ACF regional offices.  Because of the complex work the National Center will conduct, the grantee is encouraged to bring together a consortium of knowledgeable partners within the field of school-age care and summer learning. 
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276672
Application Due Date: Monday, July 20, 2015

Program Office: Office of Child Care
Funding Opportunity Title: National Center for Early Childhood Quality Assurance
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2015-ACF-OCC-TA-1001
Synopsis: The National Center will disseminate high-quality, research-informed/evidence-based resources and provide training and technical assistance to states, territories and tribes to support the implementation of rigorous health, safety and licensing standards. The National Center’s work will include, but not be limited to, providing training and technical assistance (T/TA) to promote best practices that support the infrastructure of an Early Care and Education (ECE) quality improvement framework, including Quality Rating Improvement Systems (QRIS), that are built on the foundation of strong licensing and health and safety standards; and supporting partnerships that align quality improvement efforts across all ECE settings (child care, Head Start, and Pre-K) to move programs to a level of quality that ensures safety, healthy development and school success for all children birth to school age (through age 12). T/TA will be delivered to state child care agencies, Head Start/Early Head Start agencies, and other early care and education settings across regions, States, tribes and territories. The National Center will work collaboratively and cooperatively with the other OHS and OCC National T/TA Centers and ACF regional offices. Because of the complex work the National Center will conduct, the grantee is encouraged to bring together and manage a consortium of knowledgeable partners within the field of early childhood quality assurance.
Link to Opportunity: http://www.grants.gov/custom/viewOppDetails.jsp?oppId=276698
Application Due Date: Monday, July 20, 2015


EMPLOYMENT

 

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