The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement is to solicit applications for projects that will develop and implement Kinship Navigator programs to:
1. Assist kinship caregivers, through information and referral systems and other means, to learn about, find, and use existing programs and
services to meet their own needs and the needs of the children they are raising; and 2. Promote effective partnerships between public and private, community and faith-based agencies to better serve the needs of kinship caregiver families.
Grant projects funded under this announcement will be implemented through strong collaboration between the grantee; the public Child Welfare agency (if the primary applicant is not the public Child Welfare agency); and the agency administering the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
These Kinship Navigator programs will be designed to promote protective factors as a means to support social and emotional well-being and healthy, positive functioning in kinship caregiver families served or potentially served by the Child Welfare and TANF systems.
As demonstration projects, grantee programs will serve as identifiable sites that other States and locales, seeking to implement family connection services for this population, can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication of effective ways that Child Welfare and TANF agencies can collaborate to meet the needs of the children, youth and families.
Grantees are required to meet a non-Federal share of the total approved project costs, in accordance with Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 200 8. Grantees must provide at least 25 percent of the total approved cost of the project for the first two years of the project period, and 50 percent of the total approved cost of the project in the third year of the project period.
The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF Federal share and the non-Federal share.
The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions.
No more than 50 percent of the non-Federal share may be made up of in-kind contributions.
This is one of three separate 2012 HHS Forecast announcements under the Family Connection Discretionary Grants Program, CFDA Number:
9 3. 605:
Child Welfare/TANF Collaboration in Kinship Navigation Programs; Combination Family-finding/Family Group Decision-making Programs; Comprehensive Residential Family Treatment Programs.