Agency: Administration for Children & Families (HHS); Program: Residential (Long Term Foster Care) Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children (CFDA Number: 93.676) (Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1135); Focus Areas: Children, immigration; Eligibility: State and local governments, public and private colleges and universities, nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status, public housing authorities and for-profits; Funding: $13.5 million for 15 awards; Deadline: Aug. 1.
Summary: ACF provides temporary shelter care and other child welfare-related services to unaccompanied children in U.S. custody. Residential care services begin once ACF’s Office of Refugee Resettlement accepts an unaccompanied child for placement and ends when the minor is released from ORR custody, turns 18 years of age or the minor’s immigration case results in a final disposition of removal from the United States. Residential care and other child welfare-related services are provided by state-licensed residential care programs in the least restrictive setting appropriate for the child’s age and special needs.
This solicitation funds long term foster care providers. Residential care providers, operating long term foster care programs, are required to be licensed in the state in which they are located to provide foster care services and are required to meet the needs of unaccompanied children by providing quality care in a community setting. Unaccompanied children who may qualify for placement, in long term foster care, include those: with special mental, emotional or physical health needs; without an eligible sponsor; and whose pending immigration case is expected to exceed more than six months.
The agency also is seeking applications (http://tinyurl.com/j9d9odc) for $25 million in grants to provide therapeutic services for the unaccompanied children population. The program also has an Aug. 1 deadline.