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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Family Violence Prevention and Services Discretionary Grants – Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Their Children

Deadline: June 27, 2016

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Discretionary Grants: Specialized Services for Abused Parents and Their Children focus on expanding applicant capacity (including coalitions, local programs, and community-based programs) to prevent future family violence, domestic violence (DV), and dating violence by addressing, in an appropriate manner, the needs of children exposed to DV. All grantees will coordinate or provide services that are:

  • Developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate for victims and children
  • Relevant to the unique needs of children exposed to DV
  • Trauma-informed, evidence-informed, and/or evidence-based
  • Supportive of nonabusing parents in their roles of responding to the social, emotional, and developmental needs of their children
  • Able to enhance the bond between a nonabusing parent and child, where appropriate

Funds may be used to:

  • Provide early childhood development and mental health services
  • Coordinate activities with and provide technical assistance to community-based organizations serving abused victims or children exposed to DV
  • Provide additional services and referrals to services for children, including child care, transportation, educational support, respite care, supervised visitation, mobile/offsite services, or other necessary services

Each grantee must address the needs of abused parents and children and youth exposed to DV and contribute to the knowledge base for children’s DV programs by:

  1. Improving systems and responses to abused parents and their children and youth exposed to DV across the targeted community, state, or tribe, by: (a) developing and enhancing community-based interventions for children and youth exposed to DV whose parents may not have sought services of support from a DV program; (b) developing guidelines for service providers or for other organizations and agencies that impact children and youth exposed to DV in the targeted community, state or tribe; and/or (c) providing training or technical assistance to achieve positive change to one or more systems that impact children and youth exposed to DV, such as child protective services/child welfare systems, public housing, or the courts.
  2. Coordinating or providing new or enhanced residential and non-residential services for children and youth exposed to DV, by: (a) enhancing and testing service/program models, implementation strategies, evaluation tools and measures; (b) disseminating lessons learned; and (c) generating the development and adoption of innovative (e.g., arts, movement, mindfulness interventions) and culturally relevant interventions for abused parents and/or their children and youth exposed to DV.
  3. Enhancing evidence-informed and practice-informed services, strategies, advocacy and interventions for children and youth exposed to DV by: (a) providing peer-to-peer technical assistance within the network of demonstration projects; (b) working to develop an evaluation plan of children’s programs with the National Capacity Building Center to Expand Services for Children, Youth, and Abused Parents Impacted by Domestic Violence (ESCYAP); and (c) leading or contributing to a national dissemination plan of lessons learned and implementation strategies.

Programs may:

  • Be shelter-based and/or home or community-based
  • Include peer support for non-abusive parents
  • Provide support to children and families who are required or choose to remain in contact with a parent who has been abusive in circumstances where it is determined to be safe and in the child’s best interest
  • Provide early childhood development and mental health services
  • Include community-based projects and outreach
  • Maintain ongoing contact, including home visitation or mobile service delivery, with the family or child after the family has left the shelter or non-residential services
  • Focus on developing programs and workforce capacity to enhance services for children, youth, and their parents

Amount: $4,500,000 is available for approximately 11 grants ranging from $410,000-$600,000 each year for two years.

Eligibility: A local agency serving a local jurisdiction); a nonprofit private organization including faith-based and charitable organizations, community-based organizations, and voluntary associations (providing services for a city, county, region, state or territory); or a tribal organization (serving tribal communities). All entities must have a demonstrated record of serving victims of family violence, DV, and dating violence and their children.

Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2016-ACF-ACYF-EV-1163

Note: A letter of intent is due by May 26, 2016.

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