Building the Evidence for Family Group Decision-Making in Child Welfare

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to solicit proposals for 36-month demonstration projects which will:
1. Conduct a Family Group Decision-Making (FGDM) program which effectively supports family connections and engages family members in ways that achieve positive outcomes


for the target population of children who are in, or at risk of entering, foster care and their families; and 2. Analyze the implementation, impact and cost of the FGDM program, through a rigorous local evaluation and cross-site evaluation participation, and produce high level evidence of what worked and why, in order to contribute to the evidence base for FGDM practice.

Grant projects will implement and evaluate a FGDM program, which includes essential elements required under this FOA.

Grant projects will be designed to support families in making decisions and developing plans that nurture children in the target population, protect them from abuse and neglect, and, when appropriate, address domestic violence issues in a safe manner.

Throughout the project period, grantees will devote a substantial amount of resources to the effective collection and analysis of data for evaluation purposes, and to the dissemination of evaluation findings regarding the impact of the FGDM process on safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for the target population of children and their families.
Related Programs

Family Connection Grants

Department of Health and Human Services

Who's Eligible

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The legislation specifies that if the applicant is a private organization, it shall provide documentation of support from the relevant local or State child welfare agency and a description of how the organization plans to coordinate its services and activities with those offered by the relevant local or State child welfare agency.

The legislation also states that institutions of higher education (as defined under section 101 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.

§ 1001)) are eligible applicants.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations at: http: //

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

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