Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program


The Title IV-E Kinship Navigator 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 childrens 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 No grants were awarded to states or tribes in FY 2020.
Fiscal Year 2022 9 grants were awarded in FY 2022.
Fiscal Year 2023 It is anticipated that 3 grants will be awarded in FY 2023.
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part 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. Division X, Section 8 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 enacted temporary flexibilities and a temporary increase in FFP for allowable costs that expired in September 30, 2021. Grant recipients are able to submit prior quarter adjustments through September 30, 2023.
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.
No credentials or documentation required.
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. See ACF Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-18-11 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 recipient 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.
Appeals may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
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.
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
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. All records are to be maintained in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-365.
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: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Liliana Hernandez Chakrabarti
330 C Street SW, Room 3507B
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202)205-8086
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 22$12,692,569.00; FY 23 est $34,458,453.00; FY 24 est $34,458,453.00; FY 21$0.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19$0.00; FY 18$0.00; FY 17$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The FY 2023 estimated range is $4,028 - $4,616,211 and the anticipated average award is $1,410,286
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Implementing program regulations are published at 45 CFR 1355.10 -.30 and 1356.20. Also review: provisions of the ACF Child Welfare Policy Manual and ACYF-CB-PI-18-11.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 Ohio’s Kinship Supports Intervention/ProtectOHIO is designed to promote and support kinship placements. The goal of the intervention is to meet children’s physical, emotional, financial, and basic needs by connecting kinship caregivers with federal, state, and local resources. The Colorado Kinnected Kinship Navigator Program (Colorado Kinnected) is designed for children and families with open child welfare cases who are entering a new kinship placement. Colorado Kinnected’s Kinship Navigators use an approach that integrates multiple trauma-informed interventions and coordinates support for kinship caregivers and families.


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