Infant Adoption Awareness Training

To develop and implement programs to train designated staff of eligible health centers in providing adoption information and referrals to pregnant women on an equal basis with all other courses of action included in non-directive counseling to pregnant women.


Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.



Program Accomplishments

In Fiscal Year 2006, there were six programs funded for five years under the Infant Adoption Awareness Program. The national program was awarded to Spaulding for Children. There were five regional programs funded. Harmony Adoptions of Tennessee, Inc. will train health care workers in the eight states in DHHS Region IV. Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota will conduct training in the six states in DHHS Region VIII. Arizona's Children Association will train workers in Arizona and Nevada.The National Council for Adoption will conduct Infant adoption awareness training for Region III(DE,DC,MD,PA,VA,WV). Latino Family Institute, Inc. will train services in 11 highly populated, multicultural counties in south California. Spaulding will contract with adoption agencies in the remaining states and territories to conduct the required training. A Unified Adoption Curriculum has been developed and each of the funded programs will base their training approach on that document. In addition, the training has been translated into Spanish and the Latino Family Institute, Inc will review the document for cultural appropriateness.Part B of the Children's Health Act supports the Adoption Photo Listing. Funds were awarded in FY 2006 and will continued based on the availabily of funds through 2011.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds may be used to plan and implement: (1) approved programs directly or through grants or cooperative agreements with other adoption organizations; (2)training curriculum, consistent with best practice guidelines; (3) reimbursement to eligible health centers for all costs in obtaining the training.

Project funds may not be used for construction.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Nonprofit private national, regional, or local organizations among whose primary purposes are adoption and are knowledgeable in all elements of the adoption process, e.g., types of adoptions, relevant State and local laws regarding relinquishment procedures and putative father involvement and medical and financial resources for birth mothers, and on providing adoption information and referrals to pregnant women.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Private nonprofit organizations, health professionals, health staff of Federally funded voluntary family planning projects supported under Section 1001 of the Public Health Service Act, staff of community health centers, migrant health centers, and centers providing services to homeless individuals and centers providing services to residents of public housing supported under Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act. PHS-funded school health centers, and public health clinics, or any health professional providing option counseling to pregnant women.

Credentials/Documentation

Demonstration of 501(c)(3) status or status pending with the IRS.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Application procedure can be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/index.html.

Award Procedures

Review is conducted by at least three nonfederal professionals. Final funding decisions will be made by Commissioner, ACYF.

Deadlines

Application deadlines can be obtained via the World Wide Web at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/index.html.

Authorization

Public Health Service Act; Children's Health Act of 2000, Title XII, Subtitle A and B, Section 330F and Section 330G, Public Law 106-310.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 3 months.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

One to Five years.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Recipients will be required to submit both financial and programmatic performance reports semi-annual.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year.

Records

Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to an award shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1536-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Grants) Part A: FY 07 $9,728,000; FY 08 $9,558,000; and FY 09 est $9,558,000. Part B: FY 07 $2,946,000; FY 08 $2,895,000; and FY 09 est $2,895,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

From $734,407 to $4,228,357; $1,621,333.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

None.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Pat Campiglia, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW., Room 8113, Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: (202) 205-8060 Fax: (202) 260-9345.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Approval of any application will be based on an analysis of the following factors: (1) The administrative and management capability of the applicant to carry out the proposed project in a cost-effective manner: (2) the extent of responsibleness to the project requirements, guidelines, and application requirements; and (3) the potential effectiveness of the proposed project in carrying out the training purposes of Section 330F of the Children's Health Act of 2000. In making awards of grants under this Section, preference will be given to any qualified applicant that is nationally recognized as a leader in adoption advocacy and (1) Has a broad based membership of adoptive parents, adopted persons, voluntary licensed adoption agencies (sectarian and non-sectarian) and independent adoption intermediaries; (2) is knowledgeable in all current and historic elements of the adoption process, and on providing adoption information and referrals to pregnant women; (3) has the ability to subcontract with other nonprofit regional and local adoption organizations for providing training to those counseling pregnant women; (4) experience in developing best-practice guidelines on the provision of adoption information with a variety of adoption organizations; (5) experience in developing and disseminating training materials and counseling curricula to diverse providers including federally funded family planning programs; and (6) has experience in arranging for the provision of training on non-directive counseling of pregnant women to staff working in Title X family planning clinics, federally funded Community Health Centers and Migrant Health Centers, centers for the homeless, residents of public housing and PHS funded school health centers. Under Part B of the Health Act, approval of any application will be based on an analysis of the following factors: the administrative and management capability of the applicant to carry out the proposed project in a cost-effective manner; the extent of responsibleness to the project requirements, guidelines, and application requirements; and the potential effectiveness of the proposed project in carrying out the purposes of Part B of The Children's Health Act.



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