Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program


The Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Care program helps states, Indian tribes, tribal organizations and tribal consortia (tribes) that also operate the title IV-E foster care and adoption assistance programs to operate kinship navigator programs. Kinship navigator programs assist kinship caregivers in learning about, finding, and using programs and services to meet the needs of the children they are raising and their own needs. They also promote effective partnerships among public and private agencies to ensure kinship caregiver families are served. Title IV-E kinship navigator programs must meet grant requirements in section 427(a)(1) of the Social Security Act (the Act) and must also be operated in accordance with promising, supported, or well-supported practice standards specified in section 471(e)(4)(C) of the Act. Services are to be provided to children and families without regard to children?s eligibility for title IV-E foster care maintenance payments.

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
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2020 It is anticipated that 2 grants will be awarded in FY 2020.
Social Security Act, Part Title IV-E Federal Payments for Foster Care Prevention, and Permanency, Section 474(a)(7)
Provides funding at a 50 percent match rate for all allowable expenditures for kinship navigator programs.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and Tribal agencies directly administering approved title IV-E Plans may participate in the Kinship Navigator program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Kinship caregivers and the children they are raising are eligible beneficiaries.
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 not applicable.
Application Procedure
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. Applications are made in the form of an attachment to the title IV-E plan, prepared in the format provided by the ACF Children's Bureau (CB). Title IV-E plans and amendments are submitted to the ACF Regional Child Welfare Program Manager for approval. See ACF Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-18-11, dated November 30, 2018 for additional information.
Award Procedure
Funding is awarded in accordance with approved quarterly estimates and claims submitted on a federal financial report (Form CB-496) from each grantee agency.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
The Administration for Children and Families will approve or disapprove applications within 45 days of receipt.
Subject to the limitations of the Appendix A to 45 CFR Part 16, appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16.
Once a title IV-E agency is approved to administer a Title IV-E Kinship Navigator program, no further renewals are required.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
These are formula grant funds and may be used by the state or local (under state supervision) child welfare agency or by the tribal child welfare agency for Federal Financial Participation (FFP) at a reimbursement rate of 50% in the costs of operating a Kinship Navigator program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
ACF recipients must follow the audit requirements outlined in 45 CFR Part 75, Subpart F.
States and tribes must maintain all financial and programmatic records necessary for the proper and efficient operation of the program, including records of utilization of awarded grants and other funds for the provision of financial assistance and allocated indirect and direct administrative and training costs in accordance with requirements in Health and Human Services regulations at 45 CFR Part 75, and written guidance from the Administration for Children and Families.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 50%. The non-Federal share of program costs (difference between total cost and the 50% Federal Financial Participation rate) in each funding category constitutes the required match to be met by the title IV-E agency. Matching funds from State agencies must be appropriated monies raised from non-Federal revenue sources. Tribal agencies must also use appropriated monies, but may at the option of the tribe include Federal funds specifically authorized by Federal statutes to be used as match for other Federal programs.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Federal Financial Participation is available to a state or tribe operating under an approved title IV-E plan. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Gail Collins
, 330 C Street SW, Room 3512
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: 2022058552
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $708,000.00; FY 17$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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