Announcement of the Award of an Emergency Single-Source Grant to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Arlington, VA
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of an emergency single- source grant in the amount of $804,075 to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) in Arlington, VA, to support resettlement services to Iranian refugee parolees.
Funding Opportunity Announcement for Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Domestic Violence Shelters/Grants to Native American Tribes (Including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations
This FOA governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American tribes (including Alaska Native villages) and tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to: (1) Assist tribes in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of, family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence; and (2) assist tribes in efforts to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents (42 U.S.C. 10401, et. seq.). This FOA announces formula awards and is not open for competition.
Uniform Project Description (UPD) Project Narrative Format for Discretionary Grant Application Forms; Correction
The Administration for Children and Families published a document in the Federal Register of February 17, 2015, concerning a request for comments on a proposed information collection. The document contained an incorrect citation.
Tribal Consultation Meeting
Pursuant to the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, Public Law 110-134, notice is hereby given of one 1-day Tribal Consultation Session to be held between the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start leadership and the leadership of Tribal Governments operating Head Start (including Early Head Start) programs. The purpose of this Consultation Session is to discuss ways to better meet the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families, taking into consideration funding allocations, distribution formulas, and other issues affecting the delivery of Head Start services in their geographic locations [42 U.S.C. 9835, Section 640(l)(4)].
Head Start Program
This rule will ensure the neediest children and families in our country benefit from Head Start services first.
Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) proposes to amend the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) regulations. This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) builds on an earlier proposed rule, published January 11, 2008 that addressed the requirements for State title IV-E agencies to collect and report data to ACF on children who are in out-of-home care and in subsidized adoption or guardianship arrangements with the State and AFCARS penalty requirements of the Adoption Promotion Act of 2003. This NPRM proposes many of the same changes and additions as the earlier NPRM and includes several new modifications to address changes made by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008, such as collecting and reporting data related to the title IV-E guardianship assistance program, sibling placement, the extension of title IV-E assistance to children age 18 or older, educational stability plans and transition plans for children in foster care and the inclusion of Tribal title IV-E agencies. Additionally, modifications were made to address new requirements in the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, which was enacted on September 29, 2014 to include information on: Victims of sex trafficking, children in foster care who are pregnant or parenting, and children in non-foster family settings.
Announcing the Award of Nine Single-Source Grants Under the Voluntary Agencies Matching Grant Program
The Voluntary Agencies Matching Grant Program was created by Congress in 1979. The program is intended to work in consort with the Refugee and Cuban & Haitian Entrant Reception and Placement (R&P) programs. Thus, competition under the Voluntary Agency Matching Grant Program has historically been limited to those voluntary agencies providing R&P services through cooperative agreements with the Department of State or the Department of Homeland Security. Congress confirmed this approach to the program in the 1986 Refugee Assistance Extension Act. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has determined that using the solicited single-source application process is in the best interest of the government as it will achieve the same result and is more cost effective than the published Funding Opportunity Announcement process.
Office of Refugee Resettlement; Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority.
Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has reorganized the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). This notice announces a realignment of functions to create a Division of Policy within the Office of the Director in ORR. This realignment of functions within ORR serves to coordinate and centralize the policy function within ORR to provide for policy uniformity and consistency, allow greater staff flexibility, and better reflect the current work environment and priorities within ORR. The statement of organization, functions, and delegations of authority conforms to and carries out the statutory requirements for operating ORR. This notice amends Part K of the Statement of Mission, Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), ACF as follows: Chapter KR, ORR (76 FR 70149-70150), as last amended November 10, 2011. I. Under Chapter KR, ORR, delete KR.10 Organization, in its entirety and replace with the following: KR.10 Organization. ORR is headed by a Director, who reports to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families. The Office is organized as follows:
Correction to the Notice of Allotment Percentages to States for Child Welfare Services State Grants
The Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration on Children and Families published a document in the Federal Register of November 28, 2014, concerning the biennial publication of allotment percentages for States under Title IV-B subpart 1, Child Welfare Services State Grants Program. The document contained an incorrect allotment percentage for the District of Columbia.
Announcement of the Award of an Urgent Single-Source Grant to the Center for Survivors of Torture in Dallas, TX.
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the award of an urgent single- source grant in the amount of $250,000 to the Center for Survivors of Torture (CST) in Dallas, TX, to ensure incoming refugee populations in Texas have access to mental health services.
Request for Information
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) published a notice in the Federal Register on October 23, 2014, (79 FR 63406) requesting public comments to inform its upcoming Report to Congress. The Report to Congress is required to be submitted no later than June 30, 2015, under title III, section 305 of H.R. 4980 (Pub. L. 113-183), Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014. ACF stated in the notice that the request for information would remain open until December 22, 2014, for the receipt of public comments. To provide the public with more time to comment, ACF extends the period of time for which the comments will remain open. To provide clarification on the first bullet point under the Background Section, which was truncated in the first Federal Register Notice, please consider the following: A review of the effectiveness of state child support programs and collection practices and an analysis of the extent to which the practices result in unintended consequences or performance issues.
Standards To Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Involving Unaccompanied Children
This IFR proposes standards and procedures to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving unaccompanied children (UCs) in ORR's care provider facilities.
Caring for Our Children Basics; Comment Request
As authorized by the 2014 Omnibus Act, ACF is requesting public comment on a voluntary set of minimum health and safety standards for early care and education settings titled, ``Caring for Our Children Basics.''