Enhance Safety of Children Affected by Substance Abuse


To provide, through interagency collaboration, an integration of program activities and services that are designed to increase well-being, improve permanency outcomes, and enhance the safety of children who are in an out-of-home placement or are at risk of being placed in out-of-home care as a result of a parent's or caretaker's opioid or other substance abuse.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is anticipated that 21 non-competing continuation grants will be awarded. 21 non-competing continuation grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2017 4 non-competing continuation grants and 17 new grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2018 21 non-competing continuation grants and 10 new grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is anticipated that 17 non-competing continuation grants and 7 new grants will be awarded.
Social Security Act, as amended, Title IV, Part B, Section 437(f), 42 U.S.C. 629g
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Indian/Native American tribal governments (federally recognized). Foreign entities are not eligible under this announcement. Applications must represent regional partnerships formed by a collaborative agreement and must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant. The primary applicant must be one of the regional partnership organizations listed as an eligible applicant above. The primary applicant cannot be an individual. The regional partnership must include the state child welfare agency that is responsible for the administration of the state plan under title IV-B or title IV-E of the Social Security Act or an Indian tribe or tribal consortium; the state agency responsible for administering the substance abuse prevention and treatment block grant provided under subpart II of part B of title XIX of the Public Health Service Act; and the juvenile court or Administrative Office of the court that is most appropriate to oversee the administration of court programs in the region to address the population of families who come to the attention of the court due to child abuse or neglect, only when the partnership is proposing to serve children in out-of-home placement.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Agencies or organizations serving children and families who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing an out of home placement as a result of a parent's or caregiver's opioid or other substance abuse.
Non-profit agencies must submit proof of nonprofit status. 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?
Pre-Application Procedure
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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Announcement of availability of funds is posted to Grants.gov. Eligible applicants must submit applications by specified deadlines.
Award Procedure
Grant applications are reviewed by a panel of non-federal professionals with expertise in the fields of child welfare and substance abuse treatment. Final decisions are made by the Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF).
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Three to six months.
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.
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 are evaluated on the basis of the degree to which proposals meet specific objectives defined in the program announcement including, but not limited to: (1) demonstration of regional impact of opioids or other substance abuse; (2) organizational capacity to collaborate with other service providers; and (3) relevance of proposed services and activities in enhancing the well-being of children in foster care or at risk of foster care due to a parent's or caretaker's opioid or other substance abuse.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are provided for services or activities that are consistent with the purpose of section 437(f) of Title IV-B of the Social Security Act and may include the following: (1) family-based comprehensive long-term substance abuse treatment services; (2) early intervention and preventative services; (3) children and family counseling; (4) mental health services; (5) parenting skills training; and (6) replication of successful models for providing family-based comprehensive long-term substance abuse treatment services. Other suggested activities and services are listed in the program announcement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Grantees must select, track and semi-annually report on performance indicators that measure the extent to which grant-funded activities and services enhance the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and their families. In addition, grantees are required to have a local evaluation that is of sufficient rigor to assess impacts on service delivery and outcomes, as well as participate in the national cross-site evaluation.
Audits are conducted in accordance with requirements in 45 CFR 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 is mandatory. The required match must increase over the course of the grant period, such that grantees must contribute 15 percent of the costs of grant-funded services and activities in year 1 and year 2, 20 percent of such costs in year 3 and year 4, and 25 percent of such costs in year 5.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants are available for a 36-month or 60-month period. Renewal funding for multiple-year grants is dependent upon grantee performance and availability of funds. 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).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Jean Blankenship
Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children's Bureau
330 C Street SW, Room 3419C
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202) 401-2887
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$31,389,969.00; FY 19 est $28,931,506.00; FY 20 est $10,188,326.00; FY 17$12,510,611.00; FY 16$14,148,747.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
For FY 2018, the range of grants were from $10,669 to $1,900,000 with an average grant of $782,001.
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/sites/default/files/assets/general_terms_and_conditions_mandatory_1.pdf