Unaccompanied Alien Children Program
The Unaccompanied Alien Children's program is designed to provide for the care and placement of unaccompanied alien minors who are apprehended in the U.S. by Homeland Security agents, Border patrol agents, or other federal law enforcement agencies and are taken into care pending resolution of their claims for relief under U.S. immigration law or release to parent, adult family members or another responsible adult. Resolution of their claims may result in release, granting of an immigration status (such as special immigrant juvenile or asylum), voluntary departure, or removal.
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
So far, In FY16 the program placed over 36,000 unaccompanied children, already surpassing FY 15 annual total. The program awarded new contracts for legal services which included funding for paid as well as probono representation of UC in and formerly in ORR custody. The program has currently published six (6) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for Residential shelter capacity and Post Release Services. The program will increase monitoring of programs to ensure compliance with regulations and policy and procedures. In FY16 the program placed over 59,000 unaccompanied children, a record number of UAC served in the history of the program. The program awarded new contracts for legal services which included funding for paid as well as pro-bono representation of UC in and formerly in ORR custody. The program has published six (6) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for Residential shelter capacity and Post Release Services for award in 2017. The program will increase monitoring of programs to ensure compliance with regulations and policy and procedures. Fiscal Year 2017: The fluctuations underscore the unpredictable nature of referrals, which creates serious operational challenges if there is not a mechanism to provide additional resources, if needed. To accommodate the record number of referrals, ORR awarded 5 emergency shelter contracts to support the operations of temporary emergency shelters on federal land parcels to accommodate periods of influx of arrivals.Fiscal Year 2017
In the first and part of the second quarter of FY2017, referrals of UAC continued to be elevated necessitating use of two temporary emergency shelters operated by contractors. Referrals significantly decreased in the latter half of the second quarter of FY2017. There has been steady increase in referral numbers the third quarter. To maintain a standard level of bed capacity program awarded 76 new grants and 6 continuation grants for residential services to ensure that capacity is available to accommodate any referrals and services required.Fiscal Year 2018
In FY 2018 we completed approximately 9 supplements. ORR issued one (1) deployment task order to stand up the Homestead temporary shelter influx site.Fiscal Year 2019
The Program experienced historic referral numbers in FY 2019 and has worked diligently with its providers to increase its bed capacity accordingly either through a grant or a contract vehicle. In FY 2019 we completed approximately 7 supplements with more pending.Fiscal Year 2020
In FY 2020, the program expects referral levels to match FY 2019.
Homeland Security Act of 2002, Section 462, Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C. 279, Statute 116,2202-2205
William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, Section 235, Public Law 110-457, 8 U.S.C. 1232, Statute 122,5074-5082
Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, 42 U.S.C. 15607
Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Section 1101(c), Public Law 113-4
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Care providers, through a grant vehicle, are required to be licensed or license eligible (temporary, provisional, or an equivalent license) with license being issued, by a state licensing agency, within 75 days of award to provide residential, group, or foster care services for dependent children. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible. State and Local governments, private non-profit organizations, Native American Tribal governments and organizations, and institutions of higher education are eligible. Faith-based and private for-profit organizations who can provide state licensed residential capacity or other requisite services are eligible. Temporary shelter influx facilities are located on federal land thus licensure requirements may not apply. However, the selected temporary shelter care provider must comply with all of ORR policies and procedures, Flores mandates, and federal regulations. The contractors that are eligible to provide temporary shelter services to UAC are required to be part of a full and open competition.
Beneficiaries are unaccompanied alien children who are in Federal custody by reason of their immigration status.
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. Applications submitted at https://www.grants.gov in response to program announcements under this program will undergo a pre-review to determine if applicant is eligible for funding. Applicants that request an award amount that exceeds the Award Ceiling per budget period or project period or miss the application deadline will be disqualified.
Grant applications found to be eligible for funding will undergo an evaluation by an independent review panel. 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. For contracts, each contract solicitation includes evaluation factors. The evaluation factors establish the requirements of acceptability. Proposals are evaluated by an independent review panel for the technical review and then further evaluated by the Contracting Officer in compliance with the FAR. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Awards are issued to technically acceptable offerors and are issued based on the best value to the Government.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. The ORR Director may invite applications, if necessary, due to unusual and compelling urgency of unaccompanied alien children apprehended by law enforcement agents at the Department of Homeland Security or referred by other federal agencies or departments. Deadlines for applications are noted in Funding Opportunity Announcements. It is anticipated that the approval/disapproval time will not exceed 90 days in urgent situations and will not exceed 120 days in normal application situations.
Renewal of the grant is contingent upon appropriations, grantee performance, and whether continuation of funding is in the best interest of the government.
How are proposals selected?
FOAs containing criteria for program funds can be found at the ORR website http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr posted at https://www.grants.gov. Please refer to the Contact section for additional information.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used only for the purposes set forth in the grant and/or contract. Services may be provided only to unaccompanied alien children who are referred by the Department of Homeland Security or referred by other federal agencies or departments.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
ORR conducts programmatic and financial on-site monitoring of grantees for the purpose of ensuring that the grantee's service delivery program and financial management system meet the requirements and standards of the program. All grantees are monitored at least once every two years by program monitors who review the care provider grantees on site for compliance with ORR policies and procedures, statutory requirements and licensing standards. Other program staff conduct regular site visits and make recommendations for non-compliance or improvements. ORR regularly requires program reports on a daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annual, and annual basis for a variety of functions. In the event deficiencies or needs for improvement are indicated, the items are documented through monitoring reports and corrective action plans are required from the grantee.
Periodic audits are made as part of the system of financial management and internal control to meet terms and conditions of grants, contracts, and other agreements.
Grant and contract recipients are required to keep all financial and program reports necessary for program review and audit in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-5 to ensure that funds have been expended in accordance with the regulations, grant terms, and conditions of this program.
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
Grant and contract awards are made on one to three year cycle and are budgeted on an annual basis. Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201 US
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$1,911,084,434.00; FY 19 est $4,568,025,150.00; FY 20 est $2,041,245,000.00; FY 17$829,398,723.00; FY 16$642,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2018, award amounts ranged from $2,841,419 to $314,740,477. Average of Awards: $88,079,443.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Program announcements can be found at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr, https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/. and https:/www.grants.gov. All inquiries should be directed to the information contact listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016
In FY 2016, it is expected that the program continues to provide shelter, staff secure, secure, residential treatment centers, transitional foster care and home study and post release services. The number of referrals for FY16 thus far has exceeded the FY15 level. The program issued seven (7) new grants and funds a total of 47 cooperative agreements. In FY 2016, the program continued to provide shelter, staff secure, secure, residential treatment centers, transitional foster care and home study and post release services. The number of referrals for FY16 has exceeded the FY15 level. The program issued seven (7) new grants and funded a total of 47 cooperative agreements and awarded 4 emergency shelter contracts.Fiscal Year 2017
In FY 2017, the program issued over 76 cooperative agreements for shelter, staff secure, secure, residential treatment center, transitional foster care and home study and post release services.Fiscal Year 2018
In FY 2018 the program grants, expired in FY 2017 were extended to FY 2018 to maintain a standard number of bed capacity. Concurrently, ORR maintained temporary shelter contract vehicles available to be used for a potential influx needs. Due to the unpredicted increase in referrals, ORR issued a competitive deployment task order for the opening of a temporary influx shelter located in Homestead, FL, to serve UAC, and prevent a humanitarian crisis at the borderFiscal Year 2019
The Unaccompanied Alien Children's Program experienced historic referral numbers in FY 2019 and has worked diligently with its providers to increase its bed capacity accordingly. In FY 2019, ORR intends to release a standing Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), where applications will be reviewed and awarded on a competitive basis in accordance with the published timeframes in the FOA. In 2019, the program will continue to assess the services it provides to UAC to ensure and maintain its service delivery model. Due to the continued increase in referrals, ORR funded for the continuance of the Homestead temporary shelter influx site.Fiscal Year 2020
In FY 2020, the program expects referral levels will match FY2019 levels.