Infórmate November 2014

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National Adoption Month


National Adoption Month draws attention to the more than 102,000 children and youth awaiting foster care or adoption in the United States. An estimated 20 percent or more of these children are of Hispanic (or Latino) descent. To provide support to the professionals serving these children and their prospective adoptive families, Child Welfare Information Gateway has compiled a series of Resources in Spanish Visit disclaimer page . Among these valuable resources is an extensive glossary of child welfare terms translated from English to Spanish Visit disclaimer page and Spanish to English Visit disclaimer page . These were created to support improved communication and consistency within the child welfare field. 

Working With Hispanic Children and Families Visit disclaimer page is a web section with resources highlighting promising practices in adoption services throughout the United States to assist caseworkers in more effectively serving Hispanic (or Latino) children. 

In partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway, the 2014 National Adoption Month website Visit disclaimer page provides resources for professionals, families, and youth. Relevant information is also available for all members of the “adoption triad”—birth parents, adoptive parents, and adoptive persons.

Additionally, AdoptUSKids provides numerous resources for those looking to foster or adopt, waiting for placement, or in need of postadoption services. These resources are available in English Visit disclaimer page and Spanish Visit disclaimer page .

Many of these resources may be downloaded in full text or ordered at no charge.



Hispanic/Latino parents with infant son.Consumers can visit to review detailed information about each health insurance plan offered in their area before applying ahead of open enrollment, which starts Nov. 15. With more issuers offering coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace this year, the majority of consumers will find more affordable options for themselves and their families. By answering a few simple questions, such as location and family size, consumers will be able to compare plans and get an estimate on how much financial assistance they may qualify for when shopping for coverage, without needing to submit an application. Here are some important things to remember:



Hispanic elderly woman adjusting the thermostat because it is too cold.ACF Releases $3 Billion for Heating, Cooling Aid

ACF has issued $3.05 billion to help many Americans who struggle to heat their homes during the winter months and cool their homes during the warm summer season. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps households with heating and home energy costs by providing heating in the winter, cooling in the summer, as well as insulation in order to make homes more energy efficient. Read more about the aid and how to connect with your local LIHEAP office.




Photo of Robert Mandler, Jr.A Just-in-Time Convert to Health Insurance

Before Robert Mandler Jr. would tell his amazing story of recovery, he insisted on fessing up: “I was not in favor of Obamacare. Last year I was not going to get health insurance. I was going to pay the penalty. But I have to come clean. I was wrong. I’m very grateful to be where I am now.” After living a healthy life and not having much to do with doctors, Robert, 47, realized late last year that he had a growth on his tonsils. He got covered through the Health Insurance Marketplace and made his first doctor’s appointment for Jan. 2. It turned out he had a late stage cancer. Noting his Argentine roots, Robert says it’s important for all Americans, including Latinos, to know they have the right to check out their options for affordable, quality coverage through the Marketplace. See how the Health Insurance Marketplace helped him on his journey to recovery.



Logo of the National Research Center of Hispanic Children and FamiliesFamily Structure and Family Formation among Low-Income Hispanics in the United States

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families was established by a 2013 cooperative agreement from ACF’s Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation to Child Trends, in partnership with Abt Associates and university partners University of Maryland – College Park, University of North Carolina – Greensboro, and New York University. To help programs and policy better serve Hispanic children and families (which represent the largest and one of the fastest-growing minority population subgroups in the United States), Child Trends and Abt Associates launched the Center. The Center is made up of a strong team of national experts in Hispanic issues, and is a hub of research to improve the lives of Hispanics across three priority areas: early care and education, healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood, and poverty reduction and self-sufficiency. 

The Center released its first brief in mid-October: "Family Structure and Family Formation among Low-Income Hispanics in the U.S Visit disclaimer page .” This publication uses recent nationally representative data to describe the relationship and childbearing histories of low-income Hispanic men and women - patterns critical to understand given they provide important context to those seeking to improve the wellbeing of low-income Hispanics. Its release was accompanied by a blog post Visit disclaimer page on Child Trends’ Trend Lines blog.

Key findings of the brief include:

  • Hispanic women enter marital and cohabiting unions early. Over half of low-income Hispanic women—both the foreign-born and the U.S.-born—have entered a marriage or cohabiting union by age 20; only three in ten Hispanic men have.
  • They have children early, too. Roughly half of low-income Hispanic women—both the foreign-born and the U.S.-born—report a birth by age 20. Among men, early childbearing is the most common among U.S.-born Hispanic men and black men.
  • Most births to low-income Hispanics occur in a marital or cohabiting union. This is particularly true for the foreign-born. Eight in ten births to foreign-born Hispanic women and nine in ten births to foreign-born Hispanic men occur in a marital or cohabiting union.
  • Multiple partner fertility is more common among low-income U.S.-born Hispanic men than the foreign-born. More than 30 percent of low-income U.S.-born Hispanic men (with two or more children) report having children with more than one woman, compared to one in ten foreign-born Hispanic men.

Read the full brief here. Visit disclaimer page



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:




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