Promoting Safe and Stable Families

To prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their families, improve the quality of care and services to children and their families, and ensure permanency for children by reuniting them with their parents, by adoption or by another permanent living arrangement. This is accomplished through issuance of grants to State child welfare agencies and eligible Indian Tribes to serve families at risk or in crisis, including provision of the following services: reunification and adoption services, preplacement/preventive services, follow-up services after return of a child from foster care, respite care, services designed to improve parenting skills; and infant safe haven programs; to fund community-based family support services that promote the safety and well-being of children and families, to afford children a safe, stable and supportive family environment, to strengthen parental relationships and promote healthy marriages, and otherwise to enhance child development; time-limited family reunification services to facilitate the reunification of the child safely and appropriately within a timely fashion; and adoption promotion and support services designed to encourage more adoptions out of the foster care system, when adoption, promotes the best interests of the child. In addition, a portion of funds also is reserved for a separate formula grant for States and territories to support monthly caseworker visits with children who are in foster care. A small proportion of appropriated funds are reserved for research, evaluation and technical assistance, which may be awarded competitively through contracts or discretionary grants.

Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
93.556
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Types of Assistance
FORMULA GRANTS; PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions
For the main Promoting Safe and Stable Families Formula Grants, a significant portion of funds must be spent on each of the service categories of family preservation, family support services, time-limited family reunification services and adoption promotion and support services. State grantees must limit administrative costs to 10 percent of the Federal funds.

Caseworker visit formula grants: States and territories are required to spend funds to improve the quality of monthly caseworker visits with children in foster care under the responsibility of the State, with an emphasis on improving caseworker decision making on the safety, permanency, and well-being of foster children, and on activities designed to increase retention, recruitment, and training of caseworkers.

Discretionary Grants: Grants are awarded for research, evaluation and technical assistance activities relating to family support, family preservation, time-limited family reunification and adoption promotion support.
Authorization
Social Security Act, as amended under , Title IV, Part B, Section Subpart 2.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
(1) Formula Grants: States, territories and certain Indian Tribes are eligible applicants. For caseworker visit funds, only States and territories are eligible applicants. (2) Discretionary Grants: States, local governments, tribes, public agencies or private agencies or organizations (or combinations of such agencies or organizations) with expertise in providing, evaluating and/or providing technical assistance related to family preservation, family support, time-limited family reunification and adoption promotion and support.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Families and children who need services to assist them to stabilize their lives, strengthen family functioning, prevent out-of-home placement of children, enhance child development and increase competence in parenting abilities, facilitate timely reunification of the child, and promote appropriate adoptions.
Credentials/Documentation
Formula Grants: The State agency which administers the social services program under Title XX of the Social Security Act (Social Services Block Grant) must also be the agency which administers the Title IV-B programs. Discretionary Grants: Nonprofit agencies must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with parts 74 and 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Discretionary grants under this program are eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, however, formula grants are not. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Application Procedure (1) Formula Grants: A 5-year agency plan must be submitted. A full plan (every five years) or a plan update is due for submission by June 30th of each year. The plan must be jointly developed by the Secretary and the State or Indian Tribe and written after consultation by the agency with appropriate public and non-profit private agencies and community-based organizations. The plan must coordinate the provision of services under Title IV-B with services under other Federal or federally-assisted programs serving the same populations. (2) Discretionary Grants: Announcement of availability of funds is posted on the www.grants.gov website and on the ACF website at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa. Eligible applicants submit applications by specified deadlines.
Award Procedure
(1) Formula Grants: Funds will be approved after the agency plan, or annual update is submitted and approved.(2) Discretionary Grants: Grant applications are reviewed by a panel of nonfederal professionals with expertise in child and family services, evaluation and related fields. Final decisions are made by the Commissioner, Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF). Contract proposals are reviewed by a panel of Federal Staff.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (1) Formula Grants: The agency plan or its annual update is due June 30 of each year. Approval/disapproval is due September 30 of each year. (2) Discretionary Grants: From 3 to 6 months.
Appeals
Appeals are processed in accordance with Departmental regulations at 45 CFR 16.
Renewals
Discretionary Grants: Grants are generally available for a 12-, 24-, or 36- month period. Some may be renewed for up to a total of 5 years. Renewal funding for multiple-year grants is dependent upon grantee performance and availability of funds.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula:
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. Statutory Formula: (1) Formula Grants: State allotments are computed based on the number of children receiving food stamps over a three year rolling average. Allotments to Indian Tribes, including Tribal consortia are based on a percent set aside of the total appropriation in each fiscal year and computed based on the number of children in the tribe compared to the total number of children in eligible Indian Tribes. However, grants will not be made to Indian Tribes whose allotment is less than $10,000. Allotments to Territories are based on the formula in subpart 1of Title IV-B. Matching Requirements: FFP is available up to the full allotment at the rate of 75 percent for allowable program expenditures made by the grantee. Grantees must provide a 25 percent match for these expenditures. (2) Discretionary Grants: The funding formula and matching requirements are described in each program announcement.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. A MOE requirement is applicable to the formula grants to States. Specifically, States may not use the Federal funds under title IV-B, subpart 2, to supplant Federal or non-Federal funds for existing family preservation and family support services as of 1992 (base year). The discretionary grants component of this program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
(1) Formula Grants: Grants are available for obligation and liquidation in the FY granted and in the subsequent FY. Grant awards will be made quarterly on a fiscal year basis through a letter of credit. The Electronic Transfer System will be used for monthly cash draws from Federal Reserve Banks. (2) Discretionary Grants: Grants are generally available for a 12-, 24-, or 36- month period. Some may be renewed for up to a total of 5 years. Renewal funding for multiple-year grants is dependent upon grantee performance and availability of funds. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reports
(1) Formula Grants: After the end of each of the first four fiscal years, the States, Territories, and Indian Tribes must submit an interim review of progress toward accomplishment of the goals in the State or tribal plan. After the end of the fifth fiscal year, the States and Indian Tribes must perform a final review of progress toward accomplishment of the goals. An SF-425 financial status report must be submitted for the funds awarded in each Federal fiscal year (FFY) within three months after the close of the FFY in which the funds were granted (interim report) and again within three months after the close of the subsequent FFY (final report). Performance monitoring is conducted through the Children and Family Services Review (CFSR) process in accordance with 45 CFR 1355.31 - 1355.37. (2) Discretionary Grants: Financial and program reports are required semiannually with a final report at completion of the project. PSC-272 and annually, SF-425. PSC-272. (1) Formula Grants: After the end of each of the first four fiscal years, the States, Territories, and Indian Tribes must submit an interim review of progress toward accomplishment of the goals in the State or tribal plan. After the end of the fifth fiscal year, the States and Indian Tribes must perform a final review of progress toward accomplishment of the goals. (2) Discretionary Grants: Financial and program reports are required semiannually with a final report at completion of the project. Annually, SF-425. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirement of 45 CFR Part 92.
Records
(1) Formula Grants: Grantees must develop and maintain records which permit review of expenditures in accordance with the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92.20 and 92.42. (2) Discretionary Grants: All financial records are to be maintained for 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever comes first.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: FY 2014: We anticipate we will award 197 formula grants. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-1512-0-1-506.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 12 $351,143,638; FY 13 est $334,391,910; and FY 14 est $330,100,855 - Actual funding in FY 2012, as well as projections for FY 2013 and FY 2014, reflect the Congressionally mandated budget rescission in FY 2011.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2013, Formula Grants for main grant program: States and Territories: $243,573 to $31,656,153, with an average of $5,366,798.
Tribes: $10,051 to $1,463,241, with an average of $74,280.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR 1355 and 45 CFR 1357.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Consult Children's Bureau (CB) Regional Child Welfare Program Manager. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for listing.).
Headquarters Office
Eileen West, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: eileen.west@acf.hhs.gov Phone: (202) 205-8438.
Website Address
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Not Applicable.
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