Adoption Opportunities

To eliminate of barriers, including geographic barriers, to adoption and to provide permanent, loving home environments for children who would benefit from adoption, particularly children with special needs.

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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
American Public Human Services Association $ 7,739,000   2015-06-012022-09-29
Spaulding For Children, Inc $ 1,250,000   2017-09-302022-03-31
County Of Ramsey $ 2,000,000   2008-09-302013-09-29
Cuyahoga, County Of $ 2,000,000   2008-09-302013-09-29
Legal Aid Society Of Cincinnati $ 250,000   2011-09-302013-02-28
Allegheny, County Of $ 247,376   2011-09-302013-02-28
Human Services, Utah Department Of $ 250,000   2011-09-302013-02-28
Solano County Supt. Of Schools $ 250,000   2011-09-302013-02-28
Children And Families, Connecticut Department Of $ 88,694   2011-09-302013-02-28
Siouxland Human Investment Partnership $ 249,996   2011-09-302013-02-28

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 31 grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that 33 grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2018: It is anticipated that 33 grants will be awarded.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To award grants and contracts to: (1) conduct an education and training program on adoption and prepare, publish and disseminate information and education and training materials regarding adoption, adoption assistance and post-legal adoption services; (2) conduct extensive recruitment efforts on a national level to promote the adoption of children with special needs and develop a national public awareness effort to unite children in need of adoption with appropriate adoptive parents; (3) to operate a national adoption information exchange system; (4) provide technical assistance to programs related to the adoption of special needs children and promote professional leadership training of minorities in the adoption field; (5) encourage corporations and small businesses to establish adoption benefit programs for employees who adopt children; (6) support placement of children in kinship care arrangements, preadoptive or adoptive homes; (7) increase the effective use of public or private agencies for the recruitment of potential adoptive and foster families and to provide assistance in the placement of children for adoption, especially special needs children; (8) consult with other appropriate Federal departments and agencies to promote the maximum coordination of services relating to adoption; (9) maintain a National Resource Center for Special Needs Adoption; (10) provide programs to increase the numbers of minority children placed in adoptive families with a special emphasis on recruitment of minority families; and (11) provide programs to increase the number of older children placed in adoptive families.

Project funds may not be used for construction.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Grants or Contracts: State, local government entities, public or private licensed child welfare or adoption agencies or community based organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children who are in foster care with the goal of adoption, especially children with special needs, that is, children who are older, minority children and infants and toddlers with disabilities who have a life-threatening condition.


Nonprofit organizations which have not previously had Office of Management Services or ACF support must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined by 45 CFR Part 75. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Pre-application assistance may be available.

Applicants may refer to the Funding Opportunity Announcement on for further information.

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.

Award Procedures

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


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


Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978, Title II, Section 205; Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment and Adoption Reform Act of 1978, as amended, Section II, Public Law 111-320, The CAPTA Reauthorization Act of 2010., Public Law 111-8, 42 U.S.C 5111 et. seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Three to six 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

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. . MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants may extend from 3 to 5 years. Average duration is expected to be 5 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant awards 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 program 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.


Grantees are required to keep financial and other grant records for 3 years after the completion of the grant or completion of audit whichever occurs first.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $28,479,778; FY 17 est $22,000,000; and FY 18 est $16,300,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2016: $300,000 to $5,000,000 with an average of $918,702.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Priority statements, application information and submission deadline available at no charge.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jan Shafer 330 C Street SW, Room 3503, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 202-205-8172 Fax: 202-260-9345

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

An assessment is made of: (1) The degree to which proposal shows promise of meeting specific objectives defined in the Funding Opportunity Announcement; (2) advancement of the field, (3) reasonableness of cost; and (4) qualification of staff.

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