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Department of Health and Human Services: Family Support through Primary Prevention (FSPP) Demonstration Sites

Deadline: July 2, 2021

The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to fund the implementation and evaluation of six Family Support through Primary Prevention (FSPP) sites for 5-year projects of national significance that demonstrate integrated, cross-sector approaches to transforming the traditional, reactive child welfare system into a comprehensive child and family well-being system, and that are co-designed with families and communities with lived child welfare expertise. Sites will establish robust networks of community-based services and supports that address the social determinants of health and demonstrate measurable transformation in cross-sector values and norms, infrastructure changes that promote primary prevention, and improvements in families experience of the systems intended to serve them.

FSPP sites will focus on meeting the following project goals:

  1. Design and implement an integrated, cross-sector approach to supporting children and families. Sites will build or enhance existing integrated efforts across government agencies and offices and private/non-profit organizations at the state or local level to support a comprehensive, community-based support system for families. Sites will undertake system infrastructure, practice, or policy changes that promote primary prevention. The public child welfare agency will have a clear role in each site’s primary prevention efforts and will be integrated into a cross-sector child and family well-being system.
  2. Establish well-being measures that cut across human services programs. Sites will prioritize social determinants of health and parental protective factors and identify or establish common well-being measures that cut across human service programs. Sites will identify and collect primary and/or secondary qualitative and quantitative data necessary to identify community needs, service gaps, system inefficiencies, and systemic inequities to inform the development of comprehensive and integrated strategies that will address barriers, mitigate family vulnerability, and enhance community protective factors and parental protective capacities in underserved communities.
  3. Develop a robust, cross-system network of collaborative partnerships. Sites will establish or build upon a common vision, shared goals, and accountability for improving child and family well-being outcomes with a broad array of stakeholders across the public, private, legal, faith-based, and philanthropic sectors, among others. Sites will demonstrate commitment between the public child welfare agency, public health agency, legal aid/services providers, early childhood and maternal-child health programs, local courts, and community-based organizations to design and implement a comprehensive child and family well-being system. Sites will leverage and partner with any relevant local initiatives and proactively seek to expand partnerships and flexible funding structures for a full continuum of prevention supports.
  4. Integrate the expertise of community members, and families and youth with lived expertise. Sites integrate authentic and equitable engagement with parents and youth with lived child welfare experience in all phases of design, implementation, evaluation, and continuous quality improvement. Sites will establish a lived expertise advisory group to co-design solutions to community-identified strengths and needs, and help shape project implementation. Sites will work with families and community leaders to ensure well-being measures reflect what communities identify as important, are offered in inclusive and culturally appropriate ways, and build upon the community’s identified strengths and needs.
  5. Reduce social isolation and the stigma of help-seeking. Sites will focus on building trust and fundamentally changing how families experience the systems intended to serve them through inclusive, strength-based, and culturally appropriate services and supports. Sites will work to reduce social isolation and normalize help-seeking as something all families need sometimes. Sites will engage and connect families early with community-based supports through “helplines” and “warm lines” rather than child abuse hotlines whenever possible, and will support culturally inclusive community-based prevention strategies rather than intervention programs.
  6. Evaluate family support systems and the primary prevention activities and strategies implemented. Sites will conduct site-specific process and outcome evaluations to understand what core activities and strategies are effective in developing a network of cross-sector supports to strengthen community well-being. To support building a knowledge and evidence base around primary prevention, sites will measure participant well-being, systems-level outcomes, and changes in system norms and values. Well-being measures will reflect what families and communities have identified as important and cut across human service programs.

Please see solicitation for additional project requirements for areas including:

  • Target Area and Population
  • Collaboration
  • Project Activities and Strategies
  • Technical Assistance
  • Collaborative Planning Period
  • Program Performance Evaluation Plan
  • Project Sustainability Plan
  • Dissemination Plan

Amount: $4,500,000 is available to make six awards ranging from $500,000 – $750,000 per budget period, for a 60-month total project period.

Note: Anticipated project start date is Sept. 30, 2021.

Eligibility: Public or other nonprofit institutions of higher learning, and to public or other nonprofit agencies and organizations, including faith-based organizations, engaged in research or child-welfare activities. See solicitation for disqualification factors for applicants who are not the public child welfare agency.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328964

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