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Standing Announcement for Residential (Long Term Foster Care) Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and
Agencies to Care for Children with Refugee Status

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) - Division of Unaccompanied Children Operations (DUCO)

Deadline Date:

06/29/18 4:30 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, and IHEs for the provision of temporary shelter and child welfare services for unaccompanied alien children with refugee status. Applicants are advised to verify or create the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date. Services will be provided by licensed residential care programs.

Executive Summary:

The Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Operations (ORR/DUCO), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides temporary shelter care and other child welfare-related services to unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in ORR custody. Residential care services begin once ORR accepts a UAC for placement and ends when the UAC is released from ORR custody, turns 18 years of age or the UAC's immigration case results in a final disposition of removal from the United States. Residential care and other child welfare-related services are provided by state-licensed residential care programs in the least restrictive setting appropriate for the UAC's age and needs.

ORR is announcing this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to seek long term foster care providers. Long term foster care providers are required to be licensed in the state in which they are located to provide foster care services and are required to meet the needs of UAC by providing quality care in a community setting. UAC who may qualify for placement in long term foster care include UAC between the ages of 0-17 years of age, sibling groups, pregnant/parenting teens and/or UAC who are especially vulnerable or with other needs.

All entities, funded under this FOA, must also comply with the Flores v. Reno, Case No. CV 85-4544RJK (C.D. Cal. 1996) (the Flores settlement agreement), the Perez-Olano Settlement Agreement, Case No. CV05-3604 (C.D. Cal., Dec. 14, 2010), pertinent regulations, laws, and ORR policies, instructions, and procedures.

Background:

The primary function of ORR/DUCO is to provide temporary shelter care and other related services to UAC in ORR custody. An unaccompanied alien child is defined at 6 U.S.C. § 279 (g)(2) as a child who:

(A) has no lawful immigration status in the United States;
(B) has not attained 18 years of age; and
(C) with respect to whom—
(i) there is no parent or legal guardian in the United States; or
(ii) no parent or legal guardian in the United States is available to provide care and physical custody.

Although the UAC population generally consists of adolescents 12 to 17 years of age, with males representing a higher percentage of the overall population, ORR is seeking applicants who can provide services for a diverse population of UAC of all ages and genders, as well as pregnant and parenting teens. UAC come from all over the world, but most are from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. Unless otherwise specified, successful applicants are expected to provide services for UAC from any country.

UAC are in the legal custody of the federal government throughout their stay in ORR care but are in the physical custody of the care provider. The length of time that a UAC remains in ORR custody must be no longer than necessary to facilitate a safe and timely release. The size of the entire UAC population in ORR custody will fluctuate depending on the number of UAC referred to ORR for placement and the rate at which UAC are discharged from ORR custody.

Program Structure:

UAC are referred to long term foster care (LTFC) following placement in a ORR/DUCO care provider facility after efforts for the safe and timely release indicated no sponsor being willing or able to care for the UAC. Generally, before placement into LTFC, the UAC is interviewed by an immigration attorney and assessed for the basis of legal relief to remain in the United States. Once placed in LTFC, ORR continues to explore options for release. LTFC providers (care providers) meet the individual needs of UAC aged from 0-17, sibling groups, pregnant/parenting teens, and/or UAC who are especially vulnerable or with other special needs. Care providers must be licensed to provide foster care services by the relevant state or local agency or authority with jurisdiction where services will be rendered. In addition, care providers must have state-certified caregivers, referred to as a "foster parent" or “house parent” or an equivalent (as accepted by ORR). Care providers are responsible for recruiting, assessing, selecting, credentialing, training, monitoring, and retaining foster/house parents and foster care sites.

As community based care, not all services are provided directly by the care provider. However, care providers remain responsible for ensuring that all required services, under the Program Requirements section in this FOA, are properly administered and documented. Care provider services include a continuum of services with a focus on basic care and providing placement in a home or home-like environment such as a group home. In a LTFC setting, care and stabilization of UAC occurs in accordance with domestic child welfare guidelines administered through contracted provider programs specifically designed to meet the unique needs of UACs.

LTFC types vary depending on placement setting and level of care. Categories include: basic foster care, therapeutic foster care, basic group home (extended care), and/or therapeutic group home. Applicants can apply for one, multiple, or all levels of care under this FOA.

-Basic foster care: UAC resides with an unrelated licensed foster parent(s) and requires only the minimal services required in a licensed foster care setting.

-Therapeutic foster care: UAC resides with an unrelated licensed foster parent(s) but receives additional treatment services and/or supervision specific to the UAC identified treatment needs. UAC with significant emotional, behavioral, medical, and/or developmental needs receive structured treatment within a therapeutic foster care setting.

-Basic group home: UAC resides in a group care living arrangement, with a designated house parent(s) and/or staff. This setting is used for those UAC who do not wish to be placed in a family setting.

-Therapeutic group home: UAC resides in a group care living arrangement with a designated house parent(s) and/or staff. This setting is used for those UAC that have difficulties within a family setting and require therapeutic services/interventions due to significant emotional, behavioral, medical, and/or developmental needs. The UAC receives additional treatment services and/or supervision specific to the UAC identified treatment needs.

In addition to the placement settings mentioned above, care providers must have Respite Care/Homes available. Respite care is designed as short term care for a UAC by someone other than the primary foster parent(s). Respite care gives foster parent(s) and UAC the chance to have short, regular periods of time apart. Respite care can also be offered in emergency situations, and it involves caring for a UAC when a foster family must temporarily transfer the UAC to a different home due to an emergency or other extenuating circumstances.

Care providers, not individual foster homes, must comply with the following ORR policies on sexual abuse and harassment:
-Maintaining and enforcing a zero tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behavior;
-Meeting personnel requirements including but not limited to background checks, training, and disciplinary sanctions and corrective actions;
-Meeting staffing and supervision requirements, including but not limited to staffing levels, staffing plans, and video monitoring restrictions;
-Providing responsive planning in the event there is an incident of sexual abuse or sexual harassment that occurs at the care provider facility;
-Providing a coordinated response in coordination with medical and mental health care practitioners community service providers, outside investigators, and care provider leadership immediately following an incident of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, as well as the follow-up necessary to ensure the safety of all UAC and staff;
-Educating UAC of policies and topics related to preventing, detecting, and responding to sexual abuse and harassment via an orientation, pamphlets, and bulletin board postings; Assessing all UAC for risk of being a victim or a perpetrator of sexual abuse while in ORR care and custody in order to inform the UAC’s housing, education, recreation, and other service assignments;
-Providing medical and mental health care, including services following an incident of sexual abuse; and
-Reporting, providing notifications, and following up on sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behavior occurring in ORR care, any retaliatory actions resulting from reporting allegations, and staff neglect or violations of responsibilities that have contributed to incidents.

Unless waived by ORR, in addition to being state licensed, care providers must incorporate child welfare best practice standards and emphasize a child-centered approach while working with UAC. Care providers must comply with all applicable state child welfare laws and regulations and all state and local building, fire, health, and safety codes.

Care providers’ facilities must be readily accessible to visitors, staff, and UAC with disabilities and must comply with local, state and federal laws, codes, and regulations including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Care providers are required to be located in areas easily accessible to immigration courts, pro bono legal services, national airports, and community mental health and medical services providers.

Care providers are required to have a security system to monitor the care provider facility from unauthorized entrance and egress, including the use of alarm systems and video monitoring. All security measures are required to be in compliance with state licensing standards and not pose a threat to the safety of UAC. In the event a care provider provides services to UAC at a central location, or location other than an individual foster care home, relevant security features, such as the use of video monitoring and storage are required.

Care providers must be familiar with the issue of human trafficking in order to provide appropriate services to UAC who are victims of human trafficking, as well as to protect UAC from potential threats of human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008 (TVPA) defines human trafficking as: The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. Any child (under the age of 18) engaged in commercial sex (including prostitution, pornography, stripping) is a victim of trafficking.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173191

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$15,000,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Award Ceiling: $10,000,000 Per Budget Period
-Award Floor: $50,000 Per Budget Period
-Average Projected Award Amount: $1,500,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project start date is October 1, 2018.

The grant will cover a 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Care providers are required to be licensed or license eligible (temporary, provisional, or an equivalent license) with license being issued, by a state licensing agency, within 60 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 and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Faith Based Organizations:

ACF is mindful that potential grantees may have religious objections to providing certain kinds of services. ACF is committed to exploring ways for Faith-Based organizations to partner with ACF and other grantees even if they object to providing specific services on religious grounds. At the same time, ACF is committed to providing the full range of legally permissible services to people who need them, and to do so in a timely fashion and in a manner that respects the diverse religious and cultural backgrounds of those served. To accomplish this goal with respect to religious objection and required services, ORR requires that organizations that have a religious objection, to providing any UAC required services, must provide an alternative approach to meet its grant obligations.

The alternative approach must be one that accomplishes the goal of ensuring that UACs in ORR’s custody understand the full range of services available in the program, and that there is a mechanism by which UACs requesting such services can receive appropriate services, either directly through the grantee or partnering organization(s). If an alternative approach is proposed, ORR will review the alternative approach post-award during grant and cooperative agreement negotiations. ORR will review the alternative approach based upon a determination of the following: 1) will ensure timely provision of all services for which the individual is eligible; 2) is not burdensome to the client; and 3) is operationally feasible for ACF.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must have a DUNS Number and an active registration with the System for Award Management. Obtaining a DUNS Number may take 1 to 2 days. All applicants are required to maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. If a grant is awarded, registration at SAM must be active throughout the life of the award.

Plan ahead. Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e. Grants.gov.

The due date for applications is June 29, 2018.

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 PM, ET on the due date. Electronic applications submitted to www.Grants.gov after 11:59 p.m., ET on the due date will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET on the due date. Paper applications received after 4:30 p.m., ET will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. Paper applications received from applicants that have not received approval of an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Applicants will be notified of a disqualification determination by email or by USPS postal mail within 30 federal business days from the closing date of this FOA.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1135

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Program Office Contact:

Shannon McGhee
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Division of Children's Services
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 205-9513
Fax: (202) 401-1022
Email: DCS_ProjectOfficers@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Tim Chappelle
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Division of Discretionary Grants
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-4855
Fax: (202) 205-3449
Email: Tim.Chappelle@acf.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.676

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1135

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming