U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for the Second Chance Act Strengthening Relationships Between Young Fathers, Young Mothers, and Their Children initiative. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting efforts to reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and improve outcomes for young parents returning from detention, out-of-home placement, or incarceration to their families and communities. Applicants may submit applications under one or both categories: 1) Young Fathers and Their Children; and/or 2) Young Mothers and Their Children. Separate applications for each category must be submitted.
The goal for Category 1 and Category 2 is to improve outcomes for young fathers and mothers using evidence-based practices to reduce recidivism and support responsible parenting that leads to healthy child development, resiliency, and improved interactions among young fathers and mothers, their children, and family and community members. Successful applicants will:
- Provide gender-specific mentoring and transitional services for young fathers or mothers during confinement and following release to their community based on assessed risks, strengths, and parenting needs to support their successful reentry.
- Identify any applicable partners that can help the applicant provide reentry transitional support services, specifically to young fathers or mothers reintegrating into their communities from a juvenile or adult correctional facility. Examples of such services may include mentoring, parenting, health and mental health, social work, education, legal, child welfare, housing, and other appropriate services.
- Ensure that support services, such as trauma-informed care, substance abuse treatment, job skill development, counseling, mentoring, and advocacy services that prepare young mothers and fathers to transition back to their communities, are holistic and comprehensive and take into consideration the needs of the target population that the applicant will serve. In addition, the continuum of services should provide participating young mothers and fathers the opportunity to adjust and prepare for reentry to the community.
- Make available sessions on child development milestones, avoiding child trauma, retaining custody, and intervening as the parent figure to improve parenting skills and promote a healthy relationship with the child.
- Ensure that services are gender-focused and racially and ethnically informed.
Transitional services should include a broad range of activities, such as case management, that target recidivism to promote responsible parenthood. These activities may be accomplished through a variety of approaches, such as program enhancement, improved data collection processes, and/or new staff training. As part of the transitional services, applicants should focus on strengthening and/or expanding mentoring services to improve parenting and develop life skills for young fathers or mothers.
Amount: OJJDP anticipates making four awards in each category, for a total of eight awards of up to $350,000 each for a 3-year project period.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, tribal, and community nonprofit organizations) and federally recognized Indian tribes, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior. Applicants must submit letters of support or memoranda of understanding with juvenile justice or adult correctional agencies that oversee the reentry process for young fathers or mothers (younger than 25 years old).
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