The Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Operations (ORR/DUCO), within the Administration for Children and Families, provides temporary shelter care and other child welfare-related services to Unaccompanied Children (UC) in ORR custody.
Residential care services
begin once ORR accepts a UC for placement and ends when the minor is released from ORR custody, turns 18 years of age, or the minor’s immigration case results in a final disposition of removal from the United States.
Residential care and other child welfare-related services are provided by State-licensed residential care programs in the least restrictive setting appropriate for the UC’s age and special needs.
ORR is publishing this Standing Notice of Funding Opportunity (SNOFO) to seek shelter care providers, including group homes and transitional foster care.
With the exception of certain programs in Texas, and Florida residential care providers must be licensed by an appropriate licensing agency to provide residential, group, or foster care services for children.
Texas-based programs are excepted from the licensing requirement when either (1) the program had an appropriate license as of August 30, 2021, but the license was rescinded pursuant to 26 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) § 74 5. 115(1)(B) (exempting, on a temporary basis, federally affiliated child-care facilities from the state licensure requirement); or (2) are currently licensed in the state of Texas, but are reasonably likely to have their license rescinded pursuant to 26 TAC § 74 5. 115(1)(B) if the provider becomes a federally affiliated child-care facility funded under an ORR grant award.
Florida-based programs are excepted from the licensing requirement when either (1) the program had an appropriate license as of September 28, 2021, but the Florida Department of Children and Families allowed the program’s license to lapse or expire pursuant to Florida Executive Order No.
21-223, § 8 by refusing to render a timely decision on the program’s license renewal application or denying such application; or (2) the program is currently licensed in the state of Florida, but is reasonably likely to have its license lapse or expire as a result of Florida Executive Order No.
21-223, § 8. All entities, funded under this SNOFO are subject to the provisions of the Service Contract Act (SCA) and implementing regulations found in title 29 of the CFR Part 4 including SCA labor standard clauses and must abide by applicable wage determinations.
For further information on wage determination please visit https://alpha.sam.gov/content/wage-determinations.
This award also is subject to Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors, and its implementing regulations at 29 CFR Part 10; and Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors, and its implementing regulations at 29 CFR Part 1 3. For additional information on the Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave requirements, please visit:
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/government-contracts/minimum-wage and https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/government-contracts/sick-leave.
All entities, funded under this SNOFO, must also comply with the Flores Settlement Agreement Case No.
CV 85-4544-RJK (C.D.
1996), pertinent regulations, laws, and ORR policies, instructions, and procedures including, but not limited to, the ORR Policy Guide and Manual of Procedures.
ORR encourages applicants to review ORR's policies, instructions, and procedures at:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/resource/children-entering-the-united-states-unaccompanied as these will be critical to the overall program design.
Please refer to the announcement when it publishes for more details on application closing dates and project periods.