To eliminate barriers, including geographic barriers, to adoption and to provide permanent, loving home environments for children who would benefit from adoption, particularly children with special needs.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
It is anticipated that 33 grants will be awarded. 31 grants were awarded.Fiscal Year 2017
21 grants were awarded.Fiscal Year 2018
13 grants were awarded in FY 2018.Fiscal Year 2019
It is anticipated that 9 grants will be awarded in FY 2019.
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978, Title II, Section 205
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978, as amended, Section II, Public Law 111-320, The CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010., Public Law 111-8, 42 U.S.C. 5111 et. seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Grants or Contracts: State, local government entities, public or private licensed child welfare or adoption agencies or community based organizations.
Children who are in foster care with the goal of adoption, especially children with special needs, that is, children who are older, minority children and infants and toddlers with disabilities who have a life-threatening condition.
Proof of non-profit status must be submitted prior to the award of a grant. 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 required. 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. Pre-application assistance may be available. Applicants may refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement on Grants.gov for further information.
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.
Funding decisions will be made by Commissioner, ACYF. Recipients are notified that funds have been awarded through a Notice of Award (NOA) issued by the Administration for Children and Families. Funds are disbursed through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (PMS).
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The range for approval/disapproval is three to six months.
Subject to the limitations of the Appendix A to 45 CFR Part 16, appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16.
Multi-year projects are funded on an annual basis through submission of a non-competing continuation application. Non-competing continuations will be issued based on availability of funds, satisfactory progress, compliance with grant terms and conditions and a determination that continuation funding is in the best interest of the federal government.
How are proposals selected?
Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using only the criteria described in FOA. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and rankings are only one element used in the award decision-making process. An assessment is made of: (1) The degree to which proposal shows promise of meeting specific objectives defined in the Funding Opportunity Announcement; (2) advancement of the field, (3) reasonableness of cost; and (4) qualification of staff.
How may assistance be used?
To award grants and contracts to: (1) conduct an education and training program on adoption and prepare, publish and disseminate information and education and training materials regarding adoption, adoption assistance and post-legal adoption services; (2) conduct extensive recruitment efforts on a national level to promote the adoption of children with special needs and develop a national public awareness effort to unite children in need of adoption with appropriate adoptive parents; (3) to operate a national adoption information exchange system; (4) provide technical assistance to programs related to the adoption of special needs children and promote professional leadership training of minorities in the adoption field; (5) encourage corporations and small businesses to establish adoption benefit programs for employees who adopt children; (6) support placement of children in kinship care arrangements, pre-adoptive or adoptive homes; (7) increase the effective use of public or private agencies for the recruitment of potential adoptive and foster families and to provide assistance in the placement of children for adoption, especially special needs children; (8) consult with other appropriate Federal departments and agencies to promote the maximum coordination of services relating to adoption; (9) maintain a National Resource Center for Special Needs Adoption; (10) provide programs to increase the numbers of minority children placed in adoptive families with a special emphasis on recruitment of minority families; and (11) provide programs to increase the number of older children placed in adoptive families. Project funds may not be used for construction.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance monitoring is described in progress reporting.
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 is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants may extend from 3 to 5 years. Average duration is expected to be 5 years. Annually
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact Children's Bureau Regional Program Managers
, 330 C Street SW, Room 3503
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$24,097,720.00; FY 19 est $17,946,939.00; FY 20 est $17,804,511.00; FY 17$22,132,311.00; FY 16$28,479,778.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2018: $200,000 to $5,670,000 with an average of $1,853,671.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Grantees may refer to the Remarks section of their Notice of Grant Award for specific Terms and Conditions pertaining to their grant program. Information on Post Award Requirements are posted at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/discretionary-post-award-requirements
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Adopt USkids National Training and Development Initiative for Foster and Adoptive Parents