Chafee Foster Care Independence Program

To assist states and eligible Indian tribes in establishing and carrying out programs designed to assist foster youth likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age, youth who leave foster care for adoption or kinship guardianship after attaining age 16, and youth who have left foster care because
they attained 18 years of age and have not yet attained 21 years of age, to make the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact Regional Administration for Children and Families.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.).



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Superior Court Of The Virgin Islands, Alexander A. Farrelly Justice Center $ 250,000   2019-10-012021-09-30
Human Resources, Alabama Dept Of $ 1,804,238   2019-10-012021-09-30
Santee Sioux Tribe Of Nebraska $ 6,268   2019-10-012021-09-30
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation $ 10,531   2019-10-012021-09-30
Social Services, Virginia Department Of $ 1,555,956   2019-10-012021-09-30
Executive Office Of The State Of New Jersey $ 2,297,848   2019-10-012021-09-30
Human Services, Iowa Department Of $ 1,829,452   2019-10-012021-09-30
Children & Families, Florida Department Of $ 7,027,778   2019-10-012021-09-30
Tolowa Dee-ni Nation $ 11,533   2019-10-012021-09-30
Confederated Tribes Of Warm Springs Reservation Of Oregon $ 42,390   2019-10-012021-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 56 grants were awarded to states (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) and 4 Indian tribes. Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that 56 grants will be awarded to states (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) and 4 Indian tribes. Fiscal Year 2018: It is anticipated that 56 grants will be awarded to states (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) and 4 Indian tribes.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used to assist youth: to make the transition to self-sufficiency; to receive education, training and related services; to prepare for and obtain employment; to prepare for and enter postsecondary training and educational institutions; to provide personal and emotional support to youth through mentors and the promotion of interactions with dedicated adults; and to provide financial, housing, counseling, employment, education, other appropriate support and services to current and former foster care recipients up to the age of 21; to provide services to youth who, after attaining 16 years of age, have left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption; and to ensure that children who are likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age have regular, on-going opportunities to engage in age or developmentally appropriate activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State governments, including the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S.

Virgin Islands (hereafter 'states'), and eligible Indian tribes, Indian tribal organizations or Indian tribal consortia (hereafter 'tribes').

Beneficiary Eligibility

Children and youth who are likely to remain in foster care until age 18, youth who left foster care to adoption or kinship guardianship after attaining age 16, and current and former foster care recipients after age 18 and up to age 21.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A five-year state or tribal plan must be submitted with annual updates. The plan must coordinate the provision of services under the state's or tribe's Chafee Foster Care Independence Program with services under other Federal or Federally-assisted programs serving the same population. Plans are submitted to the appropriate Regional Child Welfare Program Manager in the appropriate ACF Regional Office.

Award Procedures

Quarterly awards are made up to the amount of one-fourth of the state's annual allotment.

Deadlines

Jun 30, 2017 The plan or its annual update is due June 30 of each year.

Authorization

Social Security Act, Title IV, Part E, Section 477.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. The plan or its annual update is due June 30 of each year. Approval/Disapproval is due September 30 of each year.

Appeals

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

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: States: Each state is allotted an amount of funds which bears the same ratio as the number of children in foster care in that state bears to the total number of children in foster care in all states in the most recent fiscal year for which such information is available. Data submitted by states into the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System's (AFCARS) national database will be used to calculate state allotments. The minimum payable amount to a state is $500,000. See Section 477(c) of the Social Security Act. Tribes: Tribes with an approved title IV-E plan to directly operate a title IV-E program or tribes that have a title IV-E tribal/state cooperative agreement or contract have the option to apply to receive Chafee Foster Care Independence Funds Program funds directly from the Secretary. Each tribe with an approved plan is allocated an amount equal to the number of children in foster care under the responsibility of the tribe (either directly or under supervision of the state) in the most recent fiscal year for which such information is available to the sum of the total number of children in foster care under the responsibility of the state within which the tribe is located and the total number of children in foster care under the responsibility of all Indian tribes in the state, that have an approved plan. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. The Federal government will pay 80 percent of the total amount of funds expended by the grantee up to the amount of Chafee Foster Care Independence Program funds allocated. The grantee must provide matching contributions to cover the additional 20 percent of the costs. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grant awards are made quarterly on a fiscal year basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Annual updates to the state's or tribe's plan.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

An SF-425 financial status report must be submitted for the funds awarded in each Federal fiscal year (FFY) within three months after the close of the FFY in which the funds were granted (interim report) and again within three months after the close of the subsequent FFY (final report).

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

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. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 75 Subpart F.

Records

Grantees must develop and maintain records which permit review of expenditures in accordance with the provisions of 45 CFR Part 75.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1545-0-1-609.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $137,900,000; FY 17 est $137,900,000; and FY 18 est $137,900,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY 2016 Grants for states range from $500,000 to $17.956,353 with an average of $2,650,457. FY 2016 Grants for tribes range from $12,859 to $30,608 with an average of $19,049.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program Instruction (PI): ACYF-CB-PI-05-06, issued October 12, 2005; ACYF-CB-PI-14-03, issued March 5, 2014; ACYF-CB-PI-14-04, issued March 5, 2014; ACYF-CB-PI-16-03, issued April 13, 2016; and ACYF-CB-PI-16-04, issued April 14, 2106.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact Regional Administration for Children and Families. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.).

Headquarters Office

Catherine Heath 330 C Street SW, Room 3509A, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: catherine.heath@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202-690-7888

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

States and tribes meeting requirements for entitlement funds will receive grants.



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