Family Connection Grants

To provide matching grants to state, local or tribal child welfare agencies, institutions of higher education, and private nonprofit organizations that have experience in working with foster children or children in kinship care arrangements for the purpose of helping children who are in, or at risk of

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entering, foster care to reconnect with family members.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ymca Of San Diego County $ 2,226,398   2015-09-302020-09-29
New York, City Of $ 1,957,222   2015-09-302019-09-29
Human Services, Oregon Department Of $ 1,211,426   2012-09-302016-09-29
United Ways Of California $ 2,243,600   2012-09-302016-09-29
Amethyst Inc $ 1,347,531   2012-09-302016-09-29
Renewal House, Inc $ 1,681,953   2012-09-302016-09-29
Olmsted, County Of $ 1,462,516   2012-09-302016-09-29
North Oklahoma County Mental Health Center $ 802,978   2012-09-302016-03-31
Seneca Family Of Agencies $ 1,335,200   2012-09-302016-03-31
Larimer, County Of $ 1,064,442   2012-07-012015-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 6 non-competing continuation grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2017: 6 non-competing continuation grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are provided for services or activities that are consistent with the purpose of section 102, Public Law 110-351, and may include the following: (1) a kinship navigator program to assist kinship caregivers in learning about, finding and using programs and services to meet the needs of the children they are raising and their own needs, and to promote effective partnerships among public and private agencies to ensure kinship caregiver families are served; (2) intensive family-finding efforts that utilize search technology to find biological family members for children in the child welfare system; (3) family group decision-making meetings for children in the child welfare system that enable families to make decisions and develop plans that nurture children and protect them from abuse and neglect; and (4) residential family treatment program that enable parent and their children to live in a safe environment for a period of not less than 6 months.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local or tribal child welfare agencies, institutions of higher education, and private nonprofit organizations that have experience in working with foster children or children in kinship care arrangements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public or private nonprofit agencies or organizations or tribal child welfare agencies, or institutions of higher education working with foster children, children in kinship care arrangements or children at risk of entering foster care, that help the children reconnect with family members.


Nonprofit agencies must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 75 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Standard application forms as furnished by HHS must be used for this program.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Announcement of availability of funds is posted to Eligible applicants submit applications by specified deadlines.

Award Procedures

Applications for funding are reviewed and scored by panels of at least three non-federal subject matter experts. Final funding decisions will be made by Commissioner, ACYF.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Social Security Act, Title IV, Part B, subpart 1, Section 427.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 3 to 6 months.


Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 16.


Multi-year projects are funded on an annual basis through submission of a non-competing continuation application. Continuation funding is subject to availability of funds, submission of program and financial reports, and grantee performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: The required match must increase over the course of the grant period, such that grantees must contribute 25 percent of the program costs for the first and second year of the grant and 50 percent of the program costs for the third year of the three year grant. (Section 427(d) of the Social Security Act). No more than 50 percent of the non-federal share may be in kind, as required by Section 427(e) of the Act. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are available for 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods. . See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grants awarded are managed by a payment management system that manages grant payment requests, drawdowns, and disbursements.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to submit semi-annual program reports.

Final program reports are due 90 days after completion of the grant.

Grantees are required to submit semi-annual financial reports.

Final financial reports are due 90 days after completion of the grant.

Financial reporting is conducted via the SF-425.

Progress reports are included in program reports.

Expenditure reports are included in financial reports.

Performance monitoring is described in progress reporting.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All financial records are to be maintained for 3 years after termination of the project or until audit is completed, whichever comes first.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $2,751,449; FY 17 est $1,600,000; and FY 18 est $1,600,000 - Program authorization expired in FY 2014 but grants continue to be funded from previous years? appropriation. Last appropriation was received in FY 2014 at which time funds were designated as 'no year.'.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 2016, the range of grants were from $137,134 to $670.000 with an average of $458,574.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jan Shafer 330 C Street SW, Room 3504, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 202-205-8172 Fax: 202-260-9345

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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