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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, For-Profit, Agency, IHE, or
Tribe to Encourage Adoption and Foster Parenting Throughout the Country

AdoptUSKids

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) - Children's Bureau (CB)

LOI Date:

05/28/22

Deadline Date:

06/27/22 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time

Description:

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Cooperative agreement to a USA or territories nonprofit organization, for-profit, agency, IHE, or Tribe to encourage adoption and foster parenting throughout the country. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for a project designed to assist states, tribes, and territories in the recruitment and retention of foster and adoptive parents for children in public foster care.

The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to establish, by awarding a cooperative agreement, a multi-faceted national AdoptUSKids project designed to assist states, tribes, and territories in the recruitment and retention of foster and adoptive parents for children in public foster care. The AdoptUSKids project will encompass the following components:

  1. National Adoption Internet Photolisting Service: Maintain and manage the National Adoption Internet Photolisting Website (www.AdoptUSKids.org); coordinate with all states, tribes, and territories for the listing of their eligible children/youth while incorporating best practices and quality improvement standards in photolisting;
  2. National Adoption Recruitment Campaign: Plan, develop and implement CB’s multimedia National Adoption Recruitment Campaign and a corresponding Recruitment Response Support Initiative intended to reach and inspire adult Americans to adopt by offering important, accurate information about the foster care system and the adoption process. Develop a donated public service campaign strategy and annually create and produce multi-media products including public service announcements for television, radio, print and social media, building on the body of work of the National Adoption Campaign launched in 2004. This project will also provide support to states, tribes, and territories to provide increased access to new recruitment media and their ability to respond in a timely and customer-friendly manner;
  3. National Adoption and Foster Care Information Exchange System: Maintain a National Adoption and Foster Care Information Exchange System that raises public awareness and assists states, tribes, and territories in recruiting foster and adoptive parents for children in foster care. This will include conducting National Adoption Month activities to raise public awareness and coordinating with organizations sponsoring National Foster Care Month activities. The design of this system will incorporate the provision of a 24-hour, nationwide, toll-free communications network designed to respond to the inquiries from prospective foster and adoptive parents as well as the general public regarding the foster and adoption process. These services will be provided in English and Spanish and will be accessible to other limited English-speaking and non-English speaking callers and those who may require other communication accommodations; 
  4. Adoptive and Foster Family Support Activities: Develop and disseminate information, strategies, and effective or evidence-based models for the implementation of adoptive and foster family support activities for states, tribes, and territories. Develop and disseminate information on innovative approaches for creating communities of practice, peer-to-peer technical assistance, and leadership training to enhance and support adoptive and foster family support groups;
  5. Capacity Building Services for Diligent Recruitment and Retention of Foster/Adoptive Families: Provide limited constituency services and universal product development and dissemination to states, tribes, and territories across the nation to assist in building agency capacity for the diligent recruitment and retention of foster and adoptive families, primarily focused on models of best practices related to photolisting, recruitment media, customer service and adoptive and foster family support activities;
  6. Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) in the Adoption Field: Provide for the on-going development, capacity building and implementation of the MPLD program to promote professional leadership development of minorities in the adoption field.

Additional program requirements can be found on page 8 of the FOA. See Attached Files, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203010

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$6,900,000

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $6,900,000
Award Floor: $4,000,000

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2022

Length of Project Periods: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must demonstrate experience in child welfare, foster home development, professional leadership development for minority populations, and adoption services. Applicants must also demonstrate experience and ability to plan, develop and implement an annual targeted national public service advertising campaign about adoption from foster care. The Children's Bureau will accept applications that represent partnerships among organizations with relevant experience. Applicants may subcontract with organizations specializing in their assigned tasks. Applications from collaborations must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the cooperative agreement. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity. Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at and, subject to the protections and requirements of 45 CFR Part 87 and 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., ACF will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization's religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

Funding Restrictions can be found on page 44 of the FOA. See Attached Files, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Jun 27, 2022 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the listed application due date.

Letter of Intent: Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this funding opportunity. Please submit a letter of intent by the deadline date of 05/28/2022. The letter of intent should include the following information: number and title of this funding opportunity; the name and address of the applicant organization; and the name, phone number, fax number and email address of a contact person

Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: No

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Grants.gov. Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity.

How to Register and Apply through Grants.gov:
- Organizations must have an active System for Award (SAM) registration which provides a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and Grants.gov account to apply for grants.
- Creating a Grants.gov account can be completed online in minutes, but SAM registration may take several weeks. Therefore, an organization’s registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact the entities ability to meet required application submission deadlines.
- Organization applicants can find complete instructions here: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335735

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Office Contact
June Dorn
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Children's Bureau
CB Operations Center, c/o LGC, Inc.
1400 Key Boulevard, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22209
(888) 203-6161
CB@grantreview.org

Office of Grants Management Contact
Katrina Morgan
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Administration
Office of Grants Management
CB Operations Center, c/o LGC, Inc.
1400 Key Boulevard, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22209
(888) 203-6161
CB@grantreview.org

CFDA Number:

93.652

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2022-ACF-ACYF-CO-0095

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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