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Children’s Bureau, ACYF/ACF/HHS
Family Connection Grants Program

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Program Implementation Resources from Family Connection Grantees





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Children's Bureau Family Connection Grant Projects funded FY2012

On September 30, 2012, three new clusters of Family Connection grant projects were funded by the Children’s Bureau:

Child Welfare/TANF Collaboration in Kinship Navigation Programs

Seven discretionary grant projects were funded for a 36-month project period, with awards ranging up to $750,000 per year.  Projects will demonstrate:

  • The effectiveness of Kinship Navigator (KN) programs in supporting connections between children/youth, who are in, or at risk of entering, foster care, and their family members, and in helping them and their kinship caregivers identify and access appropriate and meaningful services to achieve and sustain permanency; and
  • How the collaborative approach of Child Welfare and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs in KN programs improves outcomes related to safety, permanency and well-being for the target population of children/youth and their family members.

Grantees:  Click for project abstracts and contact information.

Federal Project Officer: 

Liliana Hernandez, M.S.W/M.P.P
Children’s Bureau, ACYF/ACF/HHS
202-205-8086
liliana.hernandez@acf.hhs.gov

Combination Family Finding/Family Group Decision Making Projects

Five discretionary grant projects were funded for a 36-month project period, with awards ranging up to $500,000 per year.  Projects will demonstrate the effectiveness of integrated programs of intensive Family-finding activities and Family Group Decision-making (FGDM) meetings in supporting connections with family members for children/youth - in or at risk of entering - foster care, and engaging family members in building their capacity to meet the needs of children/youth in their care.

Grantees: Click for project abstracts and contact information.

Federal Project Officer: 

Cathy Overbagh, MSW
Children’s Bureau, ACYF/ACF/HHS
202-205-7273
cathy.overbagh@acf.hhs.gov

Family Connection Grants: Comprehensive Residential Family Treatment Projects

Five discretionary grant projects were funded for a 36-month project period, with awards ranging up to $600,000 per year.  Projects will expand the availability of effective, comprehensive, residential treatment services for families involved with, or potentially served by, the
Child Welfare system.  Using a family-centered service approach, projects will address the complex, multiple needs of the target population of families with children at risk of entering or re-entering foster care.  The target population will include women, their minor children, fathers of the children, partners of the women, and the extended family members of the women and children, as appropriate.  Projects will provide RFT services strategically to parents, their minor children, and non-residential family members in order to stabilize, strengthen, preserve, and reunite families.

Grantees:  Click for project abstracts and contact information.

Federal Project Officer:

Joyce Pfennig, PHD
Children’s Bureau, ACYF/ACF/HHS
202-205-8632
joyce.pfennig@acf.hhs.gov




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Children's Bureau Family Connection Grant Projects funded FY2011

On September 30, 2011, a second cluster of grant projects was funded by the Children’s Bureau:  Family Connection Grants: Using Family Group Decision-making to Build Protective Factors for Children and Families

Seven discretionary grant projects were funded for a 36-month project period, with awards ranging up to $550,000 per year.  Projects will test the effectiveness of Family Group Decision-making (FGDM) as a family-centered service approach that helps prevent children and youth from entering or re-entering foster care, thereby reducing the time that these children and families are involved with the child welfare system. 

Projects will use FGDM meetings to engage families in building capacity to meet their children's needs by strengthening protective factors and reducing risk factors for child maltreatment.  Grant projects will develop knowledge which will help identify where in the service delivery system, with which populations and in which manner the promising practice of FGDM works best.  They will serve as demonstration sites that other States/locales seeking to implement family connection services for this population can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication. 

Family Connection FGDM Grantees




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Children's Bureau Family Connection Grant Projects funded FY2009

On September 30, 2009, awards under the new Family Connection Grants Program were announced by the Children’s Bureau; Administration on Children, Youth and Families; Administration for Children and Families; U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.  A cluster of 24 discretionary grants was funded for a 36-month project period, with awards ranging up to $1m per year.  Funding for these competitive grants was authorized by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351).  

The purpose of these demonstration grant projects is to help children who are in or are at-risk of entering into foster care reconnect with family members.  Projects were funded to initiate or expand programs in one, or any combination of, the following areas:

  • Kinship navigator programs;
  • Programs utilizing intensive family-finding efforts to locate biological family and reestablish relationships;
  • Programs utilizing family group decision-making meetings;
  • Residential family treatment programs.  

As demonstration projects, grantees are developing these programs as identifiable sites that other States/locales seeking to implement family connection services for this population can look to for guidance, insight, and possible replication.

Click here for a list of project abstracts and contact information.

Family Connection Cross-Site Evaluation Report and Documents
The links below contain the Cross-Site Evaluation Report of the 2009-funded Family Connection grantees, dated June 17, 2013. Key sections include an executive summary, background and overview, evaluation approach, and evaluation findings by program area and cluster. The report concludes with a summary and accompanying recommendations for the child welfare field.



For information about the Children’s Bureau Family Connection Grants Program, contact:
Cathy Overbagh
Federal Project Officer
Children’s Bureau, ACYF/ACF/HHS
202-205-7273
cathy.overbagh@acf.hhs.gov

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