Infórmate May 2015

Four photos of foster families with children.May is National Foster Care Month


Social workers and foster families aren't the only ones supporting children and youth in foster care. Educators, community members, health care providers, neighbors, and kinship caregivers are some of the many faces of foster care. Since 1988, May has been acknowledged as National Foster Care Month Visit disclaimer page (NFCM) and the Children's Bureau has sponsored the initiative through a microsite on Child Welfare Information Gateway Visit disclaimer page for the last 5 years. The 2015 NFCM theme, "Get to Know Meet the Many Faces of Foster Care," celebrates the diversity of everyone involved with foster care.

The children and youth in foster care come from a variety of backgrounds and are racially and ethnically diverse. As of September 30, 2013, 58 percent of all children and youth involved with foster care were minorities, and nearly 87,000 of those children in foster care were Hispanic.1  The Children's Bureau's National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment Visit disclaimer page focuses on recruiting and retaining foster families and caregivers that represent the population of children and youth in care. Placing children with caregivers of similar backgrounds or ethnicities may help ease their transition into care and keep them connected to their heritage and/or culture. One option for ensuring children, youth, and families are placed with caregivers of similar backgrounds is kinship care.

Kinship care can be a good way for children and youth to maintain a relationship with their parents and for siblings to stay together. Whether informal or formal, kinship care can provide the comfort of a familiar place, people, and cultural background that other foster care placements may not provide. Kinship caregivers can play an important role in working with parents and providing support for a child's permanency plan.

The resources Visit disclaimer page available from the 2015 NFCM website reflect the many faces of foster care, featuring resources for youth, foster parents and caregivers—including kinship caregivers—communities, and professionals. Kinship caregivers are essential team members when working to achieve permanency for children and youth in care. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other caregivers will find several sources on the NFCM website that focus on their needs.  Child Welfare Information Gateway Visit disclaimer page offers additional resources, in English and Spanish, for people interested in becoming kinship caregiver providers, including the following:

The 2015 Prevention Resource Guide: Making Meaningful Connections Visit disclaimer page also offers some resources that are not only helpful for kinship caregivers, but for anyone involved with foster care, including:

  • "Cómo Desarrollar Comunidades Fuertes," the Spanish-language version of "How to Build Strong Communities" offers both big and small suggestions for building a strong community. A supportive, nurturing community helps strengthen the families living in them.
  • "Cómo Mantener a su Familia Fuerte." From showing attachment, to support and parental resilience, this Spanish-language version of the "Keeping Your Family Strong" tip sheet offers examples of several important protective factors that families can employ when life becomes difficult.

It takes the support of many different people to help children, youth, and families achieve and maintain permanency. The month of May has been set aside for the last 27 years to bring special attention to the diverse teams involved and the roles we all play in supporting the more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care, but it is important to keep doing so throughout the year. More resources are available on the National Foster Care Month website Visit disclaimer page . To learn more about the children, youth, caregivers, and professionals involved with foster care, visit the Real-Life Stories Visit disclaimer page narratives and videos on the NFCM website. To help raise awareness and promote NFCM, visit the Promote Visit disclaimer page section for resources to help you spread the word, in May and throughout the year.

1Children's Bureau. (2014). The AFCARS Report: Preliminary FY 2013 estimates as of July 2014, No. 21. Retrieved from /sites/default/files/documents/cb/afcarsreport21.pdf (PDF).



Photo of a child's crayon drawing of a family.Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities to Hold Public Meeting in Salt Lake City
The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a federal advisory committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012 (P. L. 112-275), will hold open meetings in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday, May 19, from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Wednesday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Please register to attend in person or via webinar/teleconference:

  • Location: Sheraton Salt Lake City, 150 West 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101
  • Attendance: Individuals interested in attending the meeting in person or via webinar and teleconference must register in advance (see link below). The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Members of the public will not have the opportunity to ask questions or otherwise participate in the meeting, either on the phone or in person.
  • Meeting agenda: CECANF was established to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect. The purpose of the May 19-20 meeting is for Commission members to explore key research, policy, and practice in the state of Utah related to addressing and preventing child abuse and neglect fatalities. Commission members will then continue discussing the work plans of the Commission subcommittees, the information that they have obtained to date, and emerging high-level recommendations.
  • Comments: Members of the public may submit comments identified by “Notice-CECANF-2015-04,” by either of the following methods:
    • Submit comments via the federal eRulemaking portal by searching for “Notice-CECANF-2015-04.” Select the link “Comment Now” that corresponds with “Notice-CECANF-2015-04.” Follow the instructions provided onscreen. Please include your name, organization name (if any), and “Notice-CECANF-2015-04” on your attached document.
    • Mail: U.S. General Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW, Room 7003D, Washington DC 20405, Attention: Tom Hodnett (CD) for CECANF

Please submit comments only and cite “Notice-CECANF-2015-04” in all correspondence related to this notice. All comments received will be posted without change to, including any personal or business confidential information provided.

For further information, visit the CECANF website: Visit disclaimer page Or contact Patricia Brincefield, Communications Director at or by mail at U.S. General Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW, Room 7003D, Washington DC 20405, Attention: Tom Hodnett (CD) for CECANF.



Graphic of four symbols representing individuals connected with lines over the map of the United States.ACF Awards $108 million to Support Family Violence Victims and Service Providers

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) formula grants totaling $108 million have been awarded by ACF to support state, territorial, and tribal domestic violence victims and organization:

  • $94.5 million will be awarded to 56 states and territories to fund and manage local domestic violence programs. State and territorial formula grants make up 70 percent of FVPSA appropriations and include a minimum award of $600,000, with the remaining funds to be allotted to each state through a population-based formula.
  • $13.5 million will be awarded to 56 domestic violence coalitions to expand and enhance statewide and territorial responses to domestic violence victims and organizations with an emphasis on systems reform, public policy, training and technical assistance, prevention and public awareness. Grantees will each receive awards of $241,000.

For the past three decades, the FVPSA has provided funding, oversight, training, and guidance to emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, prevention programs, specialized resource centers, and a wide-range of federal partners across the United States. 

Read more about the grant awards: A Lifeline for Victims of Domestic Violence.



A young Head Start students washes his hands before lunch time.Head Start in Puerto Rico

The Office of Head Start is coming to Puerto Rico to host a Community Outreach Meeting. We will discuss two soon-to-be-posted Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). You can view the forecasted funding opportunities here Visit disclaimer page . Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote the school readiness of children from birth to age 5 from low-income families in their local communities. You are invited to learn about approximately $17 million of funding that will soon be made available to serve pregnant women, children birth to age 5, and families in Puerto Rico. OHS will describe the competitive application process, provide an overview of the criteria used to evaluate applications, and provide information on how to engage in virtual tours of the facilities currently being used to operate Head Start and Early Head Start programs in your service area (Información disponible en español).

Community Outreach Meetings

  • Monday, May 18, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. EDT, City Hall of Rio Grande, San Jose Street, opposite the Plaza de Recreo, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico 00745. It will focus on the Head Start and/or Early Head Start FOA for the following municipalities:
    • Canovanas
    • Ceiba
    • Fajardo
    • Loiza
    • Luqillo
    • Naguabo
    • Rio Grande
  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. EDT, Municipal Technological Center, Corner of Monsignor J. Torres Street and Mario Medina Street, Moca, Puerto Rico 00676. It will focus on the Early Head Start FOA for the following municipalities:
    • Moca
    • San Sebastian

Who Should Attend? We invite all agencies interested in providing comprehensive, high-quality services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers to attend this meeting. It will support agencies interested in becoming a new OHS grantee. The meeting will also be useful to existing grantees interested in expanding their programs within the designated service areas. Head Start and Early Head Start programs may be funded through many types of groups. These include community-based organizations, municipalities, family support services, nonprofit or faith-based agencies, for-profit businesses committed to early childhood education, or other organizations dedicated to community development.

How to Register? Participation is free. To register, send an email to or call (toll-free) 1-888-242-0684. Be sure to include your name, title, organization, municipality represented, and which meeting you wish to attend. Participants will receive a confirmation email upon completion of their registration.

Questions? To learn more and register for this free event, contact the OHS Operations Center at 1-888-242-0684 or

Información disponible en español.



Smaller Image: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month: PREP Teens for the FutureTailoring Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services to System Involved Youth

Since 1990, the pregnancy rate among U.S. teens has decreased by more than half. Rates have declined in every state and among every racial and ethnic group. Less publicized is the fact that disparities remain. Some youth are at much higher risk of experiencing a pregnancy than are their peers. Young people in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems are two of those at-risk groups. ACF's Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program strives to reduce disparities. We do that by giving vulnerable youth the tools to avoid pregnancy and transition successfully to adulthood. Read more about our efforts to better meet the needs of youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system.



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.



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

Grants Announced

Region XII Migrant and Seasonal Worker (MSHS) Collaboration Office
Program Office: Office of Head Start 
Application Due Date: June 5, 2015

Assets for Independence Demonstration Program
Program Office: Office of Community Services 
Application Due Date: June 15, 2015

Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development Program
Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement 
Application Due Date: June 15, 2015

Competitive Abstinence Education Grant Program
Program Office: Family and Youth Services Bureau 
Application Due Date: June 24, 2015

Direct Services for Survivors of Torture
Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement 
Application Due Date: June 24, 2015

Secondary Analyses of Data on Early Care and Education
Program Office: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation 
Letter of Intent Due Date: June 1, 2015
Application Due Date: June 29, 2015

Community Services Block Grant/Rural Community Development Program Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems Training and Technical Assistance Project
Program Office: Office of Community Services 
Application Due Date: June 30, 2015

Early Head Start University Partnerships: Building the Evidence Base for Infant/Toddler Center-based Programs
Program Office: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation 
Letter of Intent Due Date: June 5, 2015
Application Due Date: July 6, 2015

Refugee Technical Assistance Program
Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement 
Application Due Date: July 6, 2015

Technical Assistance to the Survivors of Torture Program
Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement 
Application Due Date: July 6, 2015





Interested in Working with ACF?

ACF is working hard to increase diversity within its workforce and to enhance the cultural competency of the agency, its employees and its contractors. One sure way to reach its goal is to hire more people from diverse backgrounds. Please visit Visit disclaimer page and search for vacancies in the Administration for Children and Families within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Keep up to date on recent federal job openings by following the U.S. Office of Personnel Management's job site on social media: Facebook Visit disclaimer page , Twitter Visit disclaimer page , YouTube Visit disclaimer page and App Visit disclaimer page .

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