Administration for Children and Families 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-32925
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-30
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Safeguarding Child Support Information
Document Number: 2010-32424
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-12-29
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) created and expanded State and Federal Child Support Enforcement databases under title IV-D of the Social Security Act (the Act) and significantly enhanced access to information for title IV-D child support purposes. States are moving toward a more integrated service delivery to better serve families and further the mission of the Child Support Enforcement program, while protecting confidential data. This final rule specifies requirements for: State Parent Locator Service responses to authorized location requests; and State Child Support Enforcement program safeguards for confidential information and authorized disclosures of this information. This final rule revises certain aspects of the State Parent Locator Service; Safeguarding Child Support Information final rule published on September 26, 2008 with an effective date delayed until December 30, 2010. This final rule will prohibit the disclosure of confidential and personally identifiable information to private collection agencies and expand disclosure to child welfare programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-32592
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-28
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-32509
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-28
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-32504
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-28
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Office of Head Start; Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Document Number: 2010-32462
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-27
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Statement of Organizations, Functions, and Delegations of Authority. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has reorganized the Office of Head Start (OHS). This reorganization creates the Grants and Contracts Division and the State Initiatives Division. It renames the Educational Development and Partnership Division, titling it the Education and Comprehensive Services Division. It also renames the Immediate Office of Head Start, the Office of the Director. Additionally, it renames the Policy and Budget Division, the Policy and Planning Division.
Public Comment on the Draft Tribal Consultation Policy
Document Number: 2010-31465
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-16
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
On November 5, 2009, President Obama signed the ``Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on Tribal Consultation.'' The President stated that his Administration is committed to regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in policy decisions that have tribal implications, including, as an initial step, through complete and consistent implementation of Executive Order 13175. The United States has a unique legal and political relationship with Indian tribal governments, established through and confirmed by the Constitution of the United States, treaties, statutes, executive orders, and judicial decisions. In recognition of that special relationship, pursuant to Executive Order 13175 of November 6, 2000, executive departments and agencies are charged with engaging in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with tribal officials in the development of Federal policies that have tribal implications, and are responsible for strengthening the government-to-government relationship between the United States and Indian Tribes. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has taken its responsibility to comply with Executive Order 13175 very seriously over the past decade, including the initial implementation of a Department- wide policy on tribal consultation and coordination in 1997, and through multiple evaluations and revisions of that policy, most recently in 2008. Many HHS agencies have already developed their own agency-specific consultation policies that complement the Department- wide efforts. Since 2005, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has been working under the guidance of the HHS policy issued in 2005, and updated in 2008. Due to the various programs administered by ACF and the many requests from Tribes for consultation for specific programs, as well as specific program mandates for tribal consultation, ACF has decided to create an ACF Tribal Consultation Policy to help ACF program and regional offices better engage Federally recognized Indian Tribes in the development or revision of policies, regulations, and proposed legislation that impact American Indians. ACF firmly believes that to create a good policy, ACF needs input from Tribes to ensure that ACF is meeting tribal needs and to establish a partnership that can carry into the future. ACF solicited membership for an ACF Tribal/Federal Workgroup to develop the initial draft policy. The Workgroup met August 23 and 24, 2010, in Washington, DC, and again in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on September 16 and 17, 2010. The draft was reviewed by tribal leaders attending the ACF Tribal Consultation Session held in Washington, DC on September 29, 2010, and the Workgroup met again to address the comments heard at the Tribal Consultation Session. ACF will convene the Tribal/Federal Workgroup again to review and address the comments received from this publication.
Submission for OMB review; comment request
Document Number: 2010-30272
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-12-02
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-30105
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-30
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Request for Public Comment on the Proposed Adoption of Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Program Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 2010-29976
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-30
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Pursuant to Section 814 of the Native American Programs Act of 1974 (NAPA), as amended, the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is required to provide members of the public an opportunity to comment on proposed changes in interpretive rules, general statements of policy, and rules of agency procedure or practice, and to give notice of the final adoption of such changes at least 30 days before the changes become effective. In accordance with notice requirements of NAPA, ANA herein describes its proposed interpretive rules, general statements of policy, and rules of agency procedure or practice as they relate to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) for the following programs: Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), Social and Economic Development StrategiesTribal Governance (SEDSTG), Social and Economic Development Strategies Assets for Independence (SEDSAFI), Native Language Preservation and Maintenance (Language P&M), Native Language Preservation and MaintenanceEsther Martinez Initiative (LanguageEMI), and Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE). This notice also provides additional information about ANA's plan for administering the programs.
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-29917
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-29
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-29779
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-26
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Notice of Allotment Percentages to States for Child Welfare Services State Grants
Document Number: 2010-29662
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
As required by section 423(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 623(c)), the Department is publishing the allotment percentage for each State under the Title IV-B Subpart 1, Child Welfare Services State Grants Program. Under section 423(a), the allotment percentages are one of the factors used in the computation of the Federal grants awarded under the Program.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-29565
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-24
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-29479
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-23
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-29293
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-29189
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-19
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-29071
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-19
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-28855
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-16
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-28615
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-15
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-28447
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-12
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-28445
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-12
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-28304
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-10
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-28104
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-28021
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-05
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-27855
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-04
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-27836
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-04
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-27596
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-02
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-27593
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-11-02
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Award of a Single-Source Grant to the Commonwealth Election Commission of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)
Document Number: 2010-27234
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-28
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
This notice announces that the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) has awarded a single-source grant to the Commonwealth Election Commission of Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). In 2002, Congress enacted the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) [(Pub. L. 107-252] as a means of improving the administration of elections for Federal office. CNMI did not participate in Federal elections prior to the enactment of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-229). CNMI has now elected a non-voting Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives. With its participation in Federal elections, CNMI's eligibility for funding under HAVA is now established and, to that end, ADD is funding this award for a project designed to (1) Explore accessibility of polling places; (2) provide training and technical assistance to election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers on the best methods to promote the access and participation of individuals with developmental disabilities in elections for Federal office; and (3) train voters on how to use voting equipment to include various voting machines to allow for equal opportunity for access and participation in the voting process.
Award of a Single-source Program Expansion Supplement Grant to the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, NY, for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI)
Document Number: 2010-26936
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-26
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children's Bureau (CB) announces the award of a single-source program expansion supplement grant to the Research Foundation at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI), Albany, NY, to support additional Bachelor's of Social Work (BSW) and Master's of Social Work (MSW) traineeship programs at three universities. The NCWWI was awarded a cooperative agreement in FY 2008 as the result of a competition. Under the cooperative agreement, NCWWI identifies promising practices in child welfare workforce development, identifies and facilitates leadership training for middle managers and child welfare supervisors, administers BSW and MSW traineeships at multiple universities, engages national peer networks, supports strategic dissemination of effective and promising workforce practices, and advances knowledge through collaboration and evaluation. As part of the program, NCWWI provides stipend to public and/or non-profit institutions of higher education with accredited social work education programs for traineeships for professional education for current or prospective child welfare practitioners enrolled in BSW or MSW social work programs. During the course of traineeship and after obtaining the degree for which the stipend was awarded, stipend recipients must participate in regular training at a child welfare agency and work for a child welfare agency for a period that is equivalent to the period of the supported traineeship. The three programs to be awarded traineeships with the expansion supplement award are: Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. This program provides for a child welfare specialization at the BSW level. Students are recruited from American Indian Tribes for work in Tribal child welfare agencies. University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. The BSW program includes a special emphasis on serving rural and Native American populations. Distance education is being used to reach remote geographic areas. New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM. This combined BSW and MSW program is selecting trainees that are sensitive to Hispanic/ Chicano heritage and are Spanish speaking. With special field instructors who can address child welfare skills, Hispanic culture, and the Spanish language, this project is serving an overrepresented population in the child welfare system. Contact for Further Information: Jane Morgan, Children's Bureau, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: 202-205- 8807. E-mail: jane.morgan@acf.hhs.gov.
Award of Three Single-Source Expansion Supplements to The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Aurora, CO, The University of Massachusetts (Institute for Community Inclusion) in Boston, MA, and The University of Minnesota (The Research and Training Center) in Minneapolis, MN
Document Number: 2010-26933
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-25
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
This notice announces that the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) has awarded three single-source expansion supplements for data collection, analyses, and reporting. The following projects will be funded: The University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Aurora, CO. This cooperative agreement will allow for data collection, analysis and reporting on spending and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including disaggregation of data related to specific demographic groups. The project will analyze and report on trends in utilization of and spending for institutional services and home and community-based services. Project staff will also participate in collaborative efforts with ADD and other data collection projects to review and report on unmet needs in data collection, analyses, and reporting activities that would promote the self- determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. The University of Massachusetts (Institute for Community Inclusion), Boston, MA. This cooperative agreement will provide for data collection and analyses related to the effectiveness of State agencies in promoting community integrated employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The project will collect data, analyze, and report on the employment and economic status of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities including disaggregation of data related to specific demographic groups. The project will also make recommendations related to the standardization of data and reporting of employment outcomes. Project staff will also participate in collaborative efforts with ADD and other data collection projects to review and report on unmet needs in data collection, analyses, and reporting activities that would promote the self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. The University of Minnesota (The Research and Training Center), Minneapolis, MN. This cooperative agreement will provide for data collection, analyses, and reporting of national and State statistics on public and private residential services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including disaggregation of data related to specific demographic groups. The project will conduct analyses that describe the movement of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities from institutional to community settings. Project staff will also participate in collaborative efforts with ADD and other data collection projects to review and report on unmet needs in data collection, analyses, and reporting activities that would promote the self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all facets of community life. Contact for Further Information: Ophelia McLain, Supervisory Program Specialist, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Mail Stop: HHH-405D, Washington, DC 20447. Telephone: 202-690-7025 E-mail: ophelia.mclain@acf.hhs.gov.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-26694
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-26693
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-26560
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-26538
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-22
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Notice of Meeting; National Commission on Children and Disasters
Document Number: 2010-26231
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-19
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-26052
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-15
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Administration on Developmental Disabilities; Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority
Document Number: 2010-25919
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-14
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Statement of Organizations, Functions, and Delegations of Authority The Administration for Children and Families has reorganized the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. This reorganization includes the organization and its substructure components as listed in this document. This reorganization eliminates the Office of Operations and Discretionary Grants, renames the Office of Programs to the Office of Program Support, and establishes a new office, Office of Innovation. The notice also serves to re-establish the Deputy Commissioner position.
Award of a Single-Source Grant to Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Document Number: 2010-25722
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) announces the award of a single-source grant to Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, to study the characteristics, dynamics, and context of the child-only Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) client population. Chapin Hall's application was received at ACF as an unsolicited proposal and underwent objective review on December 17, 2009, where the following criteria were applied: Objectives and Need for Assistance, Facilities and Resources, Cost, and Relevance to ACF. The Federal objective reviewers determined that the proposal evidenced a high technical quality, with well-qualified staff from respected institutions operating within a reasonable budget. Reviewers found that the proposal would add value compared to past research, through its focus on long-term child-only caseload dynamics, its use of State data, and its analysis of types of case that have not received as much attention in past research. The panel also pointed out that child- only cases are a high priority issue for ACF. The proposed project offers an updated and more detailed picture of the TANF child-only caseload, including the dynamics of client entry and exit from the caseload. It also provides a timely opportunity, in light of pending TANF reauthorization, to gather policy information about a vulnerable and important ACF client group. OPRE will administer the grant in collaboration with HHSOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).
Award of a Single-Source Expansion Supplement to the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service
Document Number: 2010-25719
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
In order to provide more intensive technical assistance to Tribes, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children's Bureau (CB) is awarding a single-source expansion supplement to the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Portland, ME, to assist Tribes in building their capacity to operate their own foster care and adoption assistance agencies (title IV-E) program. The University of Southern Maine is a recipient of a cooperative agreement to administer the National Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, which is charged with building the organizational capacity of State, local, Tribal and other publicly supported child welfare agencies in order to improve the outcomes of child welfare activities and to achieve the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 goals of safety, permanency and well-being of children and youth. The supplemental funding will support Regional Roundtables and build Tribal capacity in the following areas: 1. An overview of the Social Security Act and title IV-E provisions that provide foster care and adoption service funds. This presentation will be developed to be responsive to the cultural issues and needs of the audience. 2. Training for Tribal caseworkers on title IV-E requirements in order to continue the eligibility and funding of IV-E eligible children. Workers must be aware of the provisions of Fostering Connections to assure that all appropriate services are provided to children in care. 3. Proper foster care recruitment, training and retention is needed because placement of title IV-E eligible children must be made with licensed foster/kin families. It is important for Tribal leaders, child welfare and court staff to understand the link between licensing and maintaining title IV-E eligibility when children are placed. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-351) added Sec. 479B to the Act, which allows Indian Tribes the option to receive Federal funding to support the administration of their own foster care, adoption assistance, and guardianship assistance programs under title IV-E of the Social Security Act (the Act). The law also amended the Act at Sec. 476(c)(2)(iii) to allow Indian Tribes to receive one-time development grants to be used to offset the cost of developing a title IV-E plan to carry out the requirements of new Sec. 479B of the Act. As the designated National Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, the University of Southern Maine is qualified to provide training and technical assistance to Tribes because of their demonstrated commitment to meaningful stakeholder involvement by involving Tribes and other relevant stakeholders in program planning, implementation and evaluation and other systems change initiatives.
Award of a Single-Source Expansion Supplement to the Child Welfare League of America
Document Number: 2010-25715
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children's Bureau (CB), announces the award of a single-source expansion supplement to the Child Welfare League of America, Arlington, VA, to support the provision of intensive technical assistance to States. The Child Welfare League of America is a recipient of a cooperative agreement to administer the National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology (NRC-CWDT) in order to ensure continued support to States in the development of the National Youth in Transition Database. The National Youth in Transition Database will assist States, Tribes, and courts to develop, implement and/or improve effective case management information systems, or data collection systems, and to use data to manage child welfare programs in order to improve outcomes for children, youth, and families. Section 477 of the Social Security Act authorizes the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) and the Chafee Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) program. It also requires the creation of a data collection and performance measurement system. The Federal regulation at 45 CFR 1356.80 establishes the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) implementing this provision. The NYTD regulation requires States to engage in two data collection activities: the collect of information on youth and the independent living services they receive that are paid for or provided by State agencies that administer the CFCIP and ETV programs and the collection of outcome information on certain youth in foster care. States must begin collecting NYTD data on October 1, 2010 and submit the first report period data to ACF by May 15, 2011. The supplemental funding will allow the NRC-CWDT to meet the increased demand for NYTD onsite technical assistance and sponsor regional meetings without reducing requested technical assistance from courts and Tribes in the areas of data collection and exchange.
Award of a Single-Source Expansion Supplement to the Research Foundation of CUNY on Behalf of Hunter College School of Social Work
Document Number: 2010-25713
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children's Bureau (CB) announces the award of a single-source program expansion supplement to the Research Foundation of CUNY on behalf of Hunter College School of Social Work, New York, NY, to provide expanded technical assistance to address continuing challenges in the field as child welfare programs work to implement the requirements of new legislation. The Research Foundation of CUNY on behalf of Hunter College is the recipient of a cooperative agreement to act as the administrator for National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC), which provides technical assistance services pursuant to the legislative authority of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 629e). The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-351) provides for a discretionary matching grant program to implement projects in the areas of Kinship Navigator, Family Finding, Family Group Decision Making, and Residential Family Treatment. The law also added a new plan requirement at Sec. 471(a)(29) that directs State foster care and adoption agencies (title IV-E agencies) to exercise due diligence to identify and notify all adult relatives of a child, within 30 days of the child's removal, of the relative's options to become a placement resource for the child. The supplemental funding will allow the NRCPFC to do the following: 1. Provide focused technical assistance to Family Connections grantees. 2. Engage States that did not receive discretionary grants in on- site consultation regarding effectively involving relatives in child welfare practice. 3. Proactively transfer the knowledge developed under the discretionary grant program to States to assist in meeting new plan requirements. Under the proposed supplemental funding, the NRCPFC will increase technical assistance efforts to enhance the achievement of permanency by assisting agencies to better locate, notify and involve families and relatives in the engagement and planning process while maintaining awareness of confidentiality issues.
Award of a Single-Source Expansion Supplement to the University of Oklahoma, National Resource Center for Youth Services
Document Number: 2010-25711
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children's Bureau (CB) announces the award of a single-source expansion supplement to the University of Oklahoma, National Resource Center for Youth Services, Tulsa, OK, to support expanded technical assistance to address emerging technical assistance needs for States and Tribes as they seek to implement legislation and changing programs dedicated to former foster youth. The grantee is the recipient of a cooperative agreement to administer the National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD). The grantee has been providing technical assistance services through a cooperative agreement since September 30, 2009, pursuant to the legislative authority of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program, Section 435(d), Title IV-B, subpart 2, of the Social Security Act [42 U.S.C. 629e]. In February 2008, the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) final regulation was promulgated. NYTD requires States to begin collecting information from youth in foster care and young adults formerly in foster care every six months, beginning October 1, 2010. State representatives continue to identify implementation of NYTD as a significant challenge, particularly since it will require State agencies to remain in contact with youth who may no longer be receiving services from the agency. The implementation of NYTD over the next four years will require the NRCYD to continue to provide additional technical assistance to States to implement this regulation effectively. Additionally, many States see the implementation of NYTD as a method to engage youth and to strengthen youth involvement in services at the State and local level. This type of youth engagement work involves long-term systemic technical assistance. The expansion grant will allow the NRCYD to support these State initiatives over the long term. Another significant development affecting the provision of services to youth and young adults was the passage of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, Public Law 110-351, signed into law October 7, 2008. Among other provisions, the law added a provision requiring States to develop a transition plan for all youth emancipating from foster care. The law also provides States and Tribes an option to receive Federal reimbursement under title IV-E of the Social Security Act to extend foster care to older youth until age 21. In addition, the law for the first time provides an opportunity for certain Indian Tribes to receive direct funding for independent living services and education and training vouchers under the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. The supplement will allow the NRCYD to provide more intensive technical assistance and on-site consultation to States and Tribes to continue to assist them in implementing these provisions.
Award of a Single-Source Program Expansion Supplement to Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project, Inc.
Document Number: 2010-25710
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children's Bureau (CB) announces the award of a single-source program expansion supplement to Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project, Inc. in Chapel Hill, NC, the administrator of the FRIENDS National Resource Center for the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program (NRCCBCAP), to support technical assistance and support for the implementation of the new home visiting program by ACF and Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) grantees under the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting program, authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Supplemental funding will assist in the initial planning and implementation of this new program. Award funds will be used to: Provide logistical support for outreach, planning, executing, and follow-up with prospective applicants, ACF and HRSA grantees, and other stakeholders; Support consultation time with various experts on evidence-based home visitation and implementation science; Convene meetings/calls/webinars with ACF and HRSA grantees and various experts and stakeholders including national program model developers; Provide staff time for support for general communication, other meetings, transition information to new TA contractor; and, Develop a temporary Web site or other electronic tools for the program that would make key information available in a timely and accessible manner.
Award of a Single-Source Expansion Supplement to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Document Number: 2010-25709
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-13
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children's Bureau (CB) announces the award of a single-source expansion supplement to the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, West Hollywood, CA, to provide more intensive technical assistance to Tribes. The Tribal Law and Policy Institute administers the National Resource Center for Tribes under a cooperative agreement where technical assistance is provided to Tribes to assist in building organizational capacity so that Tribes may operate their own foster care programs under title IV-E of the Social Security Act. Under the agreement, Tribal Law and Policy Institute identifies promising practices in Tribal child welfare systems, identifies and effectively implements community and culturally based strategies and resources that strengthen Tribal child and family services. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (the Act) was amended in 2008 by the addition of Sec. 479B, which allows Indian Tribes the option to apply for Federal funding to support the administration of their own foster care, adoption assistance, and guardianship assistance programs under title IV-E of the Social Security Act (SSA). The Act was also amended at Sec. 476(c)(2)(iii) to allow Indian Tribes to receive one-time development grants to be used to offset the cost of developing a title IV-E plan to carry out the requirements of Sec. 479B. Supplemental funding will support Regional Roundtables and build Tribal capacity in the following areas: 1. Development of a presentation on the Social Security Act and title IV-E provisions that provide foster care and adoption service funds. The presentation will be developed to be responsive to the cultural issues and needs of the Tribal audience. 2. Training for Tribal caseworkers on title IV-E requirements in order to continue the eligibility and funding of IV-E eligible children. Caseworkers will be made aware of the provisions of Public Law 110-351 to insure that all appropriate services are provided to children in care. 3. Assistance in the development of training for appropriate foster care recruitment, and retention so that placement of title IV-E eligible children will be made with licensed foster/kin families. Training will emphasize the linkages between for Tribal leaders, child welfare and court staff in the licensing and maintaining of title I-VE eligibility when children are placed in foster care.
Office of Administration; Single-Source Cooperative Agreement Award; Announcing the Award a Single-Source Cooperative Agreement to the Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Lab (APL) and School of Public Health, To Support the Development of a Human Services National Interoperable Architecture
Document Number: 2010-25429
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Administration (OA), Office of Information Services (OIS) announces the award of a single-source cooperative agreement to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Applied Physics Lab (APL) and School of Public Health, in Baltimore, MD, to support the development of a Human Services National Interoperable Architecture. Under the award, APL will develop an architectural framework that will be used as a model to facilitate State and local agencies in information exchanges among eligibility and verification services that are developed by the HHS/ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). To address issues related to implementation of the ACA and the Improper Payments and Recovery Act of 2010, the Administration has directed Agencies to begin to design and execute plans related to the legislation. Under ACA, CMS has been directed to create a technical solution that enables health-related eligibility and enrollment functions and to ensure that the human services agencies can use the solutions for human services eligibility and verification determination. Under the Improper Payments and Recovery Act of 2010, Agencies must design and begin the execution of plans to eliminate improper payments and fraud. JHU will create the development of a conceptual information technology architecture with ACF/Office of Information Services. The project will produce a solution that supports information exchanges and interoperability that will lead to reductions in improper payments as a preventative step in the program integrity process.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-25414
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-25023
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-08
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration
Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request
Document Number: 2010-24893
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-10-05
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children and Families Administration