Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments
To provide incentives to States and eligible Tribes to increase annually the number of children in foster care who find permanent homes through adoption or legal guardianship.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
47 states and jurisdictions received adoption and legal guardianship incentive payments. Incentives are earned in one year and paid out in the following two years. 47 states and jurisdictions received adoption and legal guardianship incentive payments. Incentives are earned in one year and paid out in the following two years.Fiscal Year 2017
52 states and jurisdictions received incentive payments.Fiscal Year 2018
96 separate payments were made for the Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments program. 49 were partial payments for immediate prior-year earnings (2017), and 47 completed payments for 2016 earnings. The "earning year" is the fiscal year for which the data were based. Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments program funds are generally awarded in the two fiscal years following the earning year.
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part E, Section 473A
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applications are not required. States (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa) and tribes that have an approved title IV-E plan and that submit data to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) are eligible to receive payments. The Children's Bureau (CB) shall determine an agency's eligibility for funding based on foster care, adoption and guardianship data reported to AFCARS. AFCARS data must be reported and accepted by CB no later than May 15 of the fiscal year subsequent to the fiscal year in which the adoptions or guardianships were finalized (i.e., the "earning year").
Beneficiaries are those children and families eligible under Title IV-B and Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, as amended.
The Children's Bureau (CB) shall determine the number of foster child adoptions, foster child guardianships, pre-adolescent (age 9 - 13) adoptions and guardianships, and older child (age 14 and over) adoptions and guardianships eligible to earn incentive payments, based on data reported by each agency to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data and accepted by CB no later than May 15 of the fiscal year subsequent to the fiscal year in which the adoptions were finalized (i.e., the "earning year"). In addition, if funds remain after making other awards, incentive payments will be made to agencies in which the average number of months from removal of children from their home to finalized adoption is less than 24 months. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance in 2 CFR part 200, and has codified the text, with HHS-specific amendments in 45 CFR Part 75. ACF recipients must follow the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance in 2 CFR part 200, and has codified the text, with HHS-specific amendments in 45 CFR Part 75. ACF recipients must follow the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75. States, tribes and territories meeting eligibility requirements are automatic applicants.
Incentive payments will be issued annually, in the fiscal year subsequent to the earning year. Payment will be based on AFCARS data submitted no later than May 15 of the fiscal year following the earning year. AFCARS data must be accepted and approved by the Children's Bureau. Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive awards are generally made in August or September each year. Funds are disbursed through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (PMS).
AFCARS data submissions must be received no later than May 15 of each year in order to be considered for incentive payments.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
There is no appeal process for unsuccessful applicants. For existing recipients, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A to 45 CFR Part 16, appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
State and tribal agencies receiving incentive payments must spend the funds for services (including post-adoption services) and activities allowable under Titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act (the Act). Incentive funds may not be used as non-Federal (i.e., state, local or tribal) matching funds for Federal financial participation. Payments must be used to supplement and not supplant Federal or non-Federal funds for services under title IV-B or IV-E of the Act (see section 473A(f) of the Act).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) adopted the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidance in 2 CFR part 200, and has codified the text, with HHS-specific amendments in 45 CFR Part 75. ACF recipients must follow the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements of 45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F.
Retention requirements for records are covered by the provisions of 45 CFR SSSS75.361-365 and generally must be retained for three years from the submission date of the final expenditure report.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title IV Chapter 7 Part E Social Security Act
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Payments to a Title IV-E agency in a fiscal year will remain available for use by the Title IV-E agency for 36 months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact Children's Bureau Regional Welfare Program Managers.
, 330 C Street, SW, Room 3512
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Formula Grants) FY 18$75,000,000.00; FY 19 est $74,742,000.00; FY 20 est $37,943,000.00; FY 17$37,824,982.00; FY 16$37,943,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2017 earning year, 49 states earned incentive payments that ranged from $4,000 to $8,006,000 with an average award amount of $1,320,347. FY 2018 earning year totals are not available at this time; prior year earnings are typically calculated during the 4th quarter of the following year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-15-08, issued July 8, 2015 applies to this program.
Examples of Funded Projects