Abandoned Infants

To develop, implement and operate projects that demonstrate how to: (1) Prevent the abandonment of infants and young children exposed to HIV/AIDS and drugs, including the provision of services to family members for any conditions that increased the probability of abandonment of an infant or young child;
(2) identify and address the needs of abandoned infants, especially those born with AIDS and those exposed to drugs; (3) assist these children to reside with their natural families, if possible, or in foster care; (4) recruit, train and retain foster parents for these children; (5) carry out residential care programs for abandoned children and children with AIDS who are unable to reside with their families; (6) establish programs of respite care for families and foster families; (7) recruit and train health and social services personnel to work with families, foster families and residential care staff; and (8) prevent the abandonment of infants and young children by providing needed resources through model programs.

This program also funds technical assistance, including training, with respect to the planning, development and operation of the projects.
Examples of Funded Projects

Demonstration projects designed to prevent the abandonment of drug-affected and HIV positive infants and young children; to maintain family stability and to reunify and strengthen families impacted by substance abuse and HIV/AIDS; service demonstration projects designed to provide comprehensive, coordinated and community-based social support services to clients in a location accessible to the target population; to provide support for family caregivers, and provide therapeutic services in a recreational setting for HIV-infected or affected children and young people.

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007 there were 31 grant awards. In FY 2008 there will be 23 grants awarded. In FY 2009 there will be approximately 23 grants awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to accomplish any of the stated program objectives.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State or local governments; federally- recognized Indian Tribal governments; U.S.

Territories and possessions; and nonprofit organizations and universities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Infants and children impacted by HIV/AIDS and or substance abuse, their parents, families, and other caretakers.


Requirements will be specified in pertinent Federal Register Announcements.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

Application procedure can be obtained at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/index.html or by contacting Headquarters Office, listed below, for application information.

Award Procedures

Review is conducted by at least three non-federal professionals. Final funding decision will be made by Commissioner, ACYF.


Application deadlines can be obtained via www at http://www.ACF.HHS.gov/grants/index.html.


Abandoned Infants Assistance Act of 1988, Section 104, Public Law 100-505, as amended, Public Law 108-36, 42 U.S.C. 670.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 180 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Grantees are required to show in the cost of the project a minimum cost sharing of 10 percent of the total project cost.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants will be made for a period up to 48 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial reports are required semi-annually; program progress reports are required semi-annually; a final report and an expenditure report are required no later than 90 days after the completion of the project.


Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.


Records must be maintained for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $11,835,000; FY 08 $11,628,000; and FY 09 est $11,628,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range of award amounts is from $218,996 to $475,000; The average award is $475,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact Headquarters Office listed below for available literature.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Children's Bureau, 1250 Maryland Avenue, S.W., 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20024. Contact: Patricia Campiglia; Telephone: (202) 205-8060.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Contact Headquarters Office for specific criteria.

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