Infórmate September 2015

New ACYF Commissioner Confirmed by Senate

Photo of Rafael LópezIn August, the U.S. Senate confirmed Rafael López as the commissioner for ACF’s Administration on Children, Youth and Families. López brings a strong record of accomplishments and experiences, both inside and outside of government, to his work at ACYF.  Prior to his appointment, he was a senior policy advisor in the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President and with the Domestic Policy Council. Prior to his federal service, López held numerous positions in the human services field, either advocating on behalf of children and families or running human services programs. From 2010 to 2013, he was an associate director at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. From 2009 to 2010, he served as the president and CEO of The Family League of Baltimore City, Inc.  Before moving to the East Coast in 2009, López held positions in city and county government, including:

  • Executive Director of the City of Los Angeles Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families
  • Deputy Director of the City and County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families
  • Senior Deputy for Health and Human Services for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina. 

From 1999 to 2004, he served as the founding executive director of First 5 Santa Cruz County.  He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


NEWS

Photo of Mishaela DuranACF Hires New ORO Director

Mishaela Durán joined ACF’s Office of Regional Operations in August, where she serves as its director. Durán has a career distinguished by leadership roles in numerous organizations that advocate for children and families. She has served as the executive director of the National Parent Teacher Association, and has held senior leadership posts in the National Network for Youth and the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Her most recent position was as the chief of staff for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Durán began her career advocating for children, youth and families and has worked on federal legislation and best practices spanning a wide range of issue areas, including youth homelessness, child welfare, juvenile justice, welfare, child nutrition, and workforce development.

Durán earned her bachelor’s degree at Yale University and a master’s degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. To learn more about Durán, check out her personal blog by clicking here


OUTREACH

Photo of Hispanic family, showing a mom, dad, son and daughter.Atlanta Regional Office to Host Latino Summit

ACF's Region 4 Office is preparing for its 2nd Annual Latino Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The event takes place Monday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EDT) at the LaAmistad, located at 3417 Roswell Road N.W. Grass organizations, community leaders and experts from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee will discuss the growing population of Latinos in the area and how ACF can contribute to a successful future for the community. It will also allow participants the opportunity to discuss challenges and explore possible solutions to benefit the community. For more information, click here.


FOCUS

A mom getting a kiss from her son.Child Support Enforcement Program Celebrates 40 Years

2015 is the 40th anniversary of the child support program. During those 40 years, ACF’s Office of Child Support Enforcement has partnered with states to collect child support payments that increase family income. Today, nearly 16 million children receive services from a state or tribal child support program. In fact, 1 in 4 children in the U.S. has an active child support case. The reach and positive impact of timely and consistent child support on the stability and self-sufficiency of these families is critical. All children deserve financial and emotional support from both their parents, whether or not parents are living together. Read more about how child support makes a difference in the lives of many.


NEW AMERICANS

Photo of two Hispanic girls.National Welcoming Week

During Sept. 12-20, 2015, Welcoming America and its partners will host National Welcoming Week Visit disclaimer page . Events throughout the country will highlight the contributions of immigrants and bring together immigrants and U.S.-born community members in a spirit of unity. Visit Welcoming America’s the events page Visit disclaimer page for a growing list of summits, screenings, potlucks, citizenship day celebrations, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Register for September Webinar on Addressing Toxic Stress for Refugees

"Opening Doors to Opportunity for Refugees: Addressing Toxic Stress and Child and Family Well-Being for Refugee Children and Adults,” will showcase promising practices for establishing and implementing strength-based approaches that address the effects of toxic stress and equip refugee families with the income, tools, and skills needed to improve economic stability. To participate in this webinar taking place 12:30 p.m. (EDT), on Wednesday, Sept. 9, click here Visit disclaimer page .


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 (PDF). 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:

New Grants

The following opportunities are scheduled to be funded by ACF for FY 2016. Please click the link(s) to review the full forecast and sign up for updates if you are considered eligible for funding.

Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Opportunity Title: Refugee Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ORR-ZI-1113
Synopsis: ORR invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for projects to establish and manage Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) for low-income refugee participants. Eligible refugee participants who enroll in these projects will open and contribute systematically to IDAs for specified Savings Goals, including home ownership, business capitalization, vehicles for educational or work purposes, professional certification, and education (limited to postsecondary and/or continuing education, college entrance exam fees, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and GED preparation and test fees).  Grantee organizations may use ORR funds to provide matches for the savings in the IDAs of up to $2,000 per individual refugee and $4,000 per refugee household.  
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=72960
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: November 10, 2015
Estimated Application Due Date: January 1, 2016

Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CA-1119
Synopsis: The primary purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to provide financial support to selected tribes, tribal organizations, and migrant programs for child abuse prevention programs and activities that are consistent with the goals outlined by Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). This legislation specifies that one percent of the available funding from Title II will be reserved to fund tribes, tribal organizations and migrant programs. The goal of the programs and activities supported by these funds is to prevent child abuse or neglect within the tribal and migrant populations. The funds must support effective and comprehensive child abuse prevention activities and family support services that will enhance the lives and ensure the safety and well-being of migrant and Native American children and their families. Organizations should foster strong linkages with the State Lead Agency for the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs funded by Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. 
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=72983
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: January 15, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: April 14, 2016

Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Opportunity Title: Refugee Microenterprise Development (MED) Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ORR-RG-1117
Synopsis: ORR invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications under the Refugee Microenterprise Development (MED) Program. ORR has supported MED projects since 1991 to a variety of public agencies, community economic development agencies, local mutual assistance associations, and voluntary agencies. The broad objectives of the MED Program are to 1) assist refugees in becoming economically self-sufficient, 2) help refugee communities in developing capital resources, and 3) assist refugees in developing credit history and/or repairing their credit score. To achieve these objectives, applicants may request funds for technical assistance, for revolving loan fund or loan loss reserve fund, and for administration to cover their costs associated with managing the MED project.
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=72982
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: February 12, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: April 12, 2016

Program Office: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Funding Opportunity Title: Family Strengthening Scholars
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-OPRE-PD-1114
Synopsis: OPRE will solicit applications for Family Strengthening Research Scholars grants to support dissertation research on healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy issues.  These grants are meant to build capacity in the research field to focus research on questions that have direct implications for healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy decision-making and program administration, and to foster mentoring relationships between faculty members and high-quality doctoral students. For further information about OPRE, see /programs/opre/.  
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=72980
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: March 19, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: May 19, 2016

Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Opportunity Title: Ethnic Community Self Help Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ORR-RE-1129
Synopsis: ORR invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for the Ethnic Community Self-Help (ECSH) Program to connect newly arrived refugee communities and their organizations to mainstream communities, and to provide services to newly arriving refugees.  The objective of the ECSH Program is two-fold: 1. to support ECBOs’ organizational development and engagement in capacity building by encouraging their collaboration with other, more established refugee service providers and mainstream organizations in order to provide enhanced services to refugees; and 2. to ensure ongoing support and the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugees within five years after their initial resettlement. The populations targeted for services and benefits in the application must represent refugee communities who have arrived in the U.S. within the last five years. ORR places a strong emphasis on projects providing psychosocial support and youth support services focusing on college preparation and afterschool programming.
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=73042
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: March 22, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: May 23, 2016

Program Office: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: Foster/Adoptive Parent Preparation, Training and Development Project
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CO-1122
Synopsis: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to award one cooperative agreement to an organization to develop a state-of-the-art foster/adoptive parent training program to include intensive preparation and development components that reflect the capacities required of successful foster/adoptive parents. This is intended to be a product that could be utilized by all states, tribes, and territories and consistently applied wherever implemented. Development of this program would include research on the common characteristics of individuals and their foster/adoptive families that have succeeded in terms of well-being and stability. Common characteristics of families that are more likely to foster and/or adopt harder to place children/youth and are successful and remain committed to the relationship will be identified and integrated into the program. 
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=72986
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: March 28, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: May 27, 2016

Program Office: Office of Refugee Resettlement
Funding Opportunity Title: Preferred Communities Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ORR-RP-1116
Synopsis: ORR invites the submission of applications for funding for the Preferred Communities (PC) Program to support the resettlement of especially vulnerable populations of newly arrived refugees in preferred locations to facilitate their achievement of self-sufficiency.  Services under the PC Program include, but are not limited to, intensive case management, culturally and linguistically appropriate linkages, and coordination with other service providers to improve these refugees' access to services.
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=72981
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 4, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 3, 2016

Program Office: Office of Community Services
Funding Opportunity Title: Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Organizational Standards Center of Excellence (COE)
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-OCS-ET-1127
Synopsis: OCS announces that funds will be available for a cooperative agreement for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Organizational Standards Center of Excellence (COE). This cooperative agreement will support an enhanced ongoing state, regional and national training and technical assistance (T/TA) strategy for meeting organizational performance standards and State accountability measures in the CSBG Network. The Organizational Standards COE will continue to develop and coordinate projects in partnership with State CSBG Lead Agencies, local CSBG-eligible entities, and regional and national partners, including the Regional Performance and Innovation Consortium (RPIC). 
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=73040
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 10, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 10, 2016

Program Office: Office of Community Services
Funding Opportunity Title: Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Program: Regional Performance and Innovation Consortium (RPIC)
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-OCS-ET-1128
Synopsis: OCS announces that funds will be available for a cooperative agreement for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Program: Regional Performance and Innovation Consortium (RPIC). This cooperative agreement will continue to support an ongoing State, Regional, and National T/TA Strategy for collaboration, capacity-building, and exemplary practice in the CSBG program and among State Community Action Agency Associations, also referred to as State Associations. OCS will fund 11 Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIs) to serve as regional focal points to lead in the enhancement of a comprehensive and integrated system of T/TA activities among State Associations. The central mission will be to ensure that all CSBG-eligible entities are able to meet organizational performance standards and State accountability measures as well as utilize evidence-informed service approaches to address the identified needs of low-income people in communities.
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=73041
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 10, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 10, 2016

Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: Basic Center Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CY-1121
Synopsis: FYSB will award funding for the Basic Center Program (BCP).  The purpose of the BCP is to provide emergency shelter services to runaway and homeless youth to prevent their contact with law enforcement, 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 years with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling and referrals for health care. Basic centers can provide up to 21 days of shelter for youth and seeks to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements. Additional services may 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 infections.
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=72985
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 12, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 13, 2016

Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: State and Tribal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Implementation Partnership Grants
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CW-1126
Synopsis: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to support the creation of effective practice model partnerships between state courts and/or Court Improvement Program, state public child welfare agency and a tribe, group of tribes, or tribal consortia, including both the tribal child welfare agency and tribal court for effective implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978 (Pub.L. 95-608). Demonstration sites will be required to jointly develop protocols and practices to promote effective and timely:

  • Identification of Indian children
  • Notice to tribes
  • Tribal participation as parties in hearings involving Indian children
  • Tribal intervention in dependency cases
  • Transfer of ICWA cases to tribal courts
  • Placement of Indian children according to tribal preferences

Partnership models must be co-created by states and tribes, jointly implemented, and designed to generate and capture clear, measurable outcomes such as:

  • Compliance with identification methods
  • The number of Indian children identified
  • Length of time from removal or petition filed until identification is made
  • Number of notices sent
  • Length of time from identification until notice sent (state measure)
  • Number of notices received (tribal measure)
  • Length of time for tribal intervention or participation (tribal measure)
  • Number of cases in which a tribe intervenes (joint measure)
  • Number of transfers; (joint measure)
  • Number of Indian children placed according to tribal placement preferences (joint measure)

Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=72987
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 12, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 13, 2016

Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: Street Outreach Program
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-YO-1124
Synopsis: Today, in communities across the country, young people are living on the streets after running from or being asked to leave homes characterized by abuse, neglect, or parental drug and alcohol abuse.  Once on the streets, such youth are at risk of being sexually exploited or abused by adults for pleasure or profit.  In addition, youth may engage in shoplifting, survival sex, or drug dealing in order to provide for their basic needs.  Since 1996, the Street Outreach Program has been aiding this population by funding grantees to 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, or sexual exploitation. These services, which are provided in areas where street youth congregate, are designed to assist such youth in making healthy choices and providing them access to shelter.
Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=73000
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 12, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 13, 2016

Program Office: Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Funding Opportunity Title: Quality Improvement Center (QIC) on Permanency and Placement Stability for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-CW-1126
Synopsis: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to establish, by awarding a cooperative agreement, one Quality Improvement Center (QIC) that will conduct 4-6 projects in partnership with state child welfare systems to produce a dedicated system of successful supports and interventions that specifically support the permanency and stability of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the child welfare system. The QIC will conduct projects with each of the selected state child welfare systems to develop a system of evidence-based services to improve the emotional, behavioral and medical health outcomes of these youth while actively developing permanent and stable placement opportunities for youth in foster care whom identify as LGBTQ or whom may express questioning their sexual identity/gender. The QIC will complete an evaluation of each of the state projects and produce new, evidenced-based models of support and intervention that demonstrate improved well-being outcomes and assure permanency and stability for LGBTQ youth in foster care. Specifically, the QIC on Permanency and Stability for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care will:

  1. review and provide capacity-building technical support to multiple research projects that build evidence regarding effective practices in services to LGBTQ youth, leading to improved well-being, placement stability and permanency; and
  2. based on sound evaluation, develop a comprehensive catalog of the effectiveness of each project in improving well-being, permanency and placement stability to develop knowledge that other States/locales seeking to implement improved LGBTQ services can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication.

The QIC would prioritize LGBTQ youth permanency and placement stability projects that most comprehensively provide for systemic change by:

  • Prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and ensuring LGBTQ youth in care are respected by child welfare agency staff and peers;
  • Increasing LGBTQ cultural competency among agency staff and foster parents;
  • Providing child welfare services that address the specific needs of LGBTQ youth and their families;
  • Effecting prudent parenting, opportunities for “normalcy activities” and LGBTQ-affirming homes; and
  • Effectively managing information on the sexual orientation and gender identity of youth in the child welfare system.

Link to Forecast: /hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=73020
Estimated Opportunity Post Date: April 12, 2016
Estimated Application Due Date: June 13, 2016


EMPLOYMENT

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 www.usajobs.gov 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 .

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

  • Senior Policy Advisor; Family and Youth Services Bureau; GS-13; Salary: $90,823 to $118,069; Location: Washington, D.C.; Deadline: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015; Apply here: U.S. Citizens Visit disclaimer page .
  • Statistician; Administration on Children, Youth and Families; GS-12; Salary: $76,378 to $99,296; Location: Washington, D.C.; Deadline: Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Apply here: U.S. Citizens Visit disclaimer page .

 

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