National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative

Quick Facts

Due DateJune 9, 2014 (Monday)
Award Amount$ 500,000 - $ 1,000,000
Category of Funding ActivityIncome Security and Social Services
Eligible Applicants
  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • For-profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Small businesses
  • Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity below) - Statute states that eligible entities are public or private agencies or organizations. 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://www.acf.hhs.gov/acf-policy-on-grants-to-faith-based-organizations. Applications from individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship for-profit organizations are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Program Description

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to establish, by awarding one cooperative agreement, a National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative that will build the capacity of child welfare professionals and mental health practitioners that serve youth moving toward permanency through adoption or guardianship as well as youth already moved to permanency in adoptive or guardianship homes. This initiative is intended to improve the well-being outcomes for the children moving to adoption/guardianship as well as providing support and the appropriate therapeutic interventions to assure stable and secure post permanency experiences for these youth. The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative will build on previous adoption competency models and complement existing initiatives aimed at strengthening the capacity of child welfare staff and mental health practitioners serving the population of the children/youth with goals of adoption/guardianship as well as those already in adoptive/guardianship homes. This funding opportunity provides for a 5 year cooperative agreement that will include the following activities: - Assess existing Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Curricula and identify gaps in critical competencies; - Select, adapt and deliver state of the art curricula in a web-based format for both child welfare staff and curricula for mental health practitioners; - Deliver technical assistance on the web-based training models to all states; - Evaluate delivery, utilization and effectiveness of the 2 web-based models of training; and - Develop a national adoption competency mental health certification process. Outcomes will include: - Creation of state of the art adoption competent mental health web-based curriculum for child welfare staff and mental health practitioners with quality improvement components for use on a national basis; - Enhanced adoption competence infused in practice in the nations’ child welfare systems as demonstrated by improved well-being and increased stabilization in adoptive and guardianship homes; - Web-based trainings that states will utilize and integrate into their own training systems. - A national certification of competence process that can be utilized by all states, tribes, and territories.

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberHHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CO-0798
Funding Opportunity TitleNational Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative
Opportunity CategoryIncome Security and Social Services
Funding Instrument TypeCooperative Agreement
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of Awards1
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Posted DateApril 9, 2014 (Wednesday)
Application Due DateJune 9, 2014 (Monday)
***Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Application Archive DateJuly 9, 2014 (Wednesday)
Total Program Funding$ 1,000,000
Award Amount$ 500,000 - $ 1,000,000
CFDA Number
  • 93.652 - Adoption Opportunities

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • For-profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Small businesses
  • Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity below) - Statute states that eligible entities are public or private agencies or organizations. 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://www.acf.hhs.gov/acf-policy-on-grants-to-faith-based-organizations. Applications from individuals, foreign entities, and sole proprietorship for-profit organizations are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Program Information Websitehttp://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2014-ACF-ACYF-CO-0798
ContactOffice: Administration for Children and Families
Address: Administration for Children and Families - ACYF/CB
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