The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to establish the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC).
The NRCPFC will work with other members of the Children's Bureau (CB) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network to build the capacity of
State, local, Tribal, and other publicly administered or publicly supported child welfare systems.
The NRCPFC will provide T/TA and consultation on Federal requirements administered by CB related to children, youth and families involved with foster care systems which access title IV-E and IV-B funding.
Special attention will be given to assisting States in improving conformity with the outcomes and systemic factors defined in the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) and the requirements assessed in other monitoring reviews conducted by CB (such as Title IV-E, AFCARS and SACWIS).
These efforts will focus on systems change and the development, expansion, and improvement of the quality and effectiveness of child welfare services to children, youth and families.
The NRCPFC will engage agencies in strategies to strengthen the integration of policy and practice thereby improving the delivery of services and the outcomes for children and youth.
A primary focus of the NRCPFC will be to work with other CB T/TA providers to assist States in planning and implementing systemic change as defined in the States' Child and Family Services Plan and the program improvement plans (PIPs) related to all Federal monitoring reviews.
In addition, the NRCPFC will provide T/TA and on-site consultation to grantees funded under the Family Connection Grants program.