U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) - Division of Unaccompanied Children Operations (DUCO)
06/29/18 4:30 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt
Grants to USA nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental licensed care providers for temporary shelter and other child welfare services for unaccompanied alien children. Applicants are advised to verify or create the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement/ Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Operations (ORR/DUCO) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides temporary shelter care and other child welfare-related services to unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in ORR custody. Residential care services begin once ORR accepts a UAC for placement and ends when the UAC is released from ORR custody, turns 18 years of age, or the UAC’s immigration case results in a final disposition of removal from the United States. Residential care and other child welfare-related services are provided by state-licensed residential care programs in the least restrictive setting appropriate for the UAC’s age and needs.
ORR is announcing this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to seek staff secure care providers. Residential care providers operating a staff secure facility must be licensed by an appropriate state agency to provide residential care, to include a heightened level of supervision, for children being stepped down from a secure program; have been disruptive to the normal functioning of a shelter care provider facility such that transfer is necessary to ensure the welfare of the UAC or others; has non-violent criminal or delinquent history not warranting placement in a secure care provider facility, such as isolated or petty offenses; and/or pose an escape risk.
All entities, funded under this FOA, must also comply with the Flores v. Reno, Case No. CV 85-4544RJK (C.D. Cal. 1996) (the Flores settlement agreement), the Perez-Olano Settlement Agreement, Case No. CV05-3604 (C.D. Cal., Dec. 14, 2010), pertinent regulations, laws, and ORR policies, instructions, and procedures.
The primary function of ORR/DUCO is to provide temporary shelter care and other related services to UAC in ORR custody. An unaccompanied alien child is defined at 6 U.S.C. § 279 (g)(2) as a child who:
(A) has no lawful immigration status in the United States; (B) has not attained 18 years of age; and
(C) with respect to whom—
(i) there is no parent or legal guardian in the United States; or
(ii) no parent or legal guardian in the United States is available to provide care and physical custody.
Although the UAC population generally consists of adolescents 12 to 17 years of age, with males representing a higher percentage of the overall population, ORR is seeking applicants who can provide services for a diverse population of UAC of all ages and genders, as well as pregnant and parenting teens. UAC come from all over the world, but most are from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico. Unless otherwise specified, successful applicants are expected to provide services for UAC from any country.
UAC are in the legal custody of the federal government throughout their stay in ORR care but are in the physical custody of the care provider. The length of time that a UAC remains in ORR custody must be no longer than necessary to facilitate a safe and timely release. The size of the entire UAC population in ORR custody will fluctuate depending on the number of UAC referred to ORR for placement and the rate at which UAC are discharged from ORR custody.
Staff secure care providers (care providers) operate a structured, state licensed shelter care facility designed to serve a unique population of UAC. Care providers must provide documentation of state licensure, including information on capacity, age/gender permitted, and length of stay allowable. Any and all documented state licensing allegations/concerns must also be reported.
Care providers provide a heightened level of staff supervision, communication, and services for a small population of UAC in a basic shelter-like environment. Care providers are required to maintain stricter security measures and higher staffing ratios than shelters/group homes in order to control disruptive behavior and discourage escape but do not require lock-down procedures typically associated with juvenile detention facilities. The care provider, for example, cannot have strip searches, use of mechanical restraints, use cell-like sleeping rooms, or employ razor wire, but there must be effective monitoring so that entry to and egress from the building is controlled.
Care providers must provide specialized services for UAC with substance abuse problems, anger management issues, and/or other special behavioral needs in addition to the services under Program Requirements. Care providers must evaluate, every 30 days, the UAC's progress for transfer to a less restrictive setting, such as shelter or long term foster care. UAC with extremely disruptive behavior and/or attempts to flee may also be considered for transfer to a secure care provider.
Care providers must comply with the following ORR policies on sexual abuse and harassment:
-Maintaining and enforcing a zero tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behavior;
-Meeting personnel requirements including but not limited to background checks, training, and disciplinary sanctions and corrective actions;
-Meeting staffing and supervision requirements, including but not limited to staffing levels, staffing plans, and video monitoring restrictions;
-Providing responsive planning in the event there is an incident of sexual abuse or sexual harassment that occurs at the care provider facility;
-Providing a coordinated response in coordination with medical and mental health care practitioners community service providers, outside investigators, and care provider leadership immediately following an incident of sexual abuse or sexual harassment as well as the follow-up necessary to ensure the safety of all children and staff;
-Educating UAC of policies and topics related to preventing, detecting, and responding to sexual abuse and harassment via an orientation, pamphlets, and bulletin board postings; Assessing all UAC for risk of being a victim or a perpetrator of sexual abuse while in ORR care and custody in order to inform the UAC’s housing, education, recreation, and other service assignments;
-Providing medical and mental health care, including services following an incident of sexual abuse; and
-Reporting, providing notifications, and following up on sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and inappropriate sexual behavior occurring in ORR care, any retaliatory actions resulting from reporting allegations, and staff neglect or violations of responsibilities that have contributed to incidents.
Care providers must comply with all applicable State Child Welfare laws and regulations and all state and local building, fire, health, and safety codes.
Care providers are required to have a security system to monitor the care provider facility (not individual foster homes) from unauthorized entrance and egress, including the use of alarm systems and video monitoring. Care providers must meet the following minimum safety and security related requirements and are required to be in compliance with state licensing standards and not pose a threat to the safety of UAC in the event a UAC attempts to flee from the facility. Care provider’s facilities must have controlled entry and exit from the premises, video monitoring in common and living areas, a communications system and alarm system for all areas of the residential structure, effective video monitoring of the exterior of the building and surrounding premises, a system for physically counting the residents and a written policy that provides that staff regulate UAC movements, a daily log on residents’ movement, mirrored windows or small windows in the doors of any rooms used for one-on-one meetings with UAC, a facility inspection checklist (to include the safety related components of all residential operations and program functions), quarterly safety assessments, and spot inspections.
Care providers must be familiar with the issue of human trafficking in order to provide appropriate services to UAC who are victims of human trafficking, as well as to protect UAC from potential threats of human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008 (TVPA) defines human trafficking as: the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery. Any child (under the age of 18) engaged in commercial sex (including prostitution, pornography, stripping) is a victim of trafficking.
A staff secure facility is a licensed child care facility for UAC who require close supervision, but do not require placement in a secure care provider facility.
In determining whether to place a youth in a staff secure facility, ORR considers if the child:
-Has been disruptive to the normal functioning of a shelter care provider facility such that transfer is necessary to ensure the welfare of the UAC or others;
-Is an escape risk;
-Has non-violent criminal or delinquent history not warranting placement in a secure care provider facility, such as isolated or petty offenses as described above; or
-Is ready for step-down from a secure facility.
ORR does not place a child or youth in secure care solely because he or she may pose a risk of escape from ORR custody. However, ORR may place a child in a staff secure facility solely because he or she poses a risk of escape. In all cases, ORR must assess whether an unaccompanied alien child is an escape risk in order to make an informed placement decision.
Indicators of escape risk include:
-The UAC has displayed behaviors indicative of escape or has expressed intent to escape.
-The UAC is within one month of turning 18 years of age.
-The UAC has previously escaped or attempted to escape from detention or government custody.
-A UAC with an immigration history that includes: a final order of removal (UAC has a legal duty to report for deportation); a prior breach of a bond; failure to appear before Department of Homeland Security or the immigration courts; previous repatriation (return to the home country) through a grant of voluntary departure or a final order of removal from an immigration judge.
GrantWatch ID#: 173194
Expected Number of Awards: 10
-Award Ceiling: $10,000,000 Per Budget Period
-Award Floor: $500,000 Per Budget Period
-Average Projected Award Amount: $2,000,000 Per Budget Period
The anticipated project start date is October 1, 2018.
The grant covers a 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods.
Care providers are required to be licensed or license eligible (temporary, provisional, or an equivalent license) with license being issued, by a state licensing agency, within 60 days of award to provide residential, group, or foster care services for dependent children.
Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.
Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.
Costs of organized fund raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred to raise capital or obtain contributions are unallowable. Fund raising costs for the purposes of meeting the Federal program objectives are allowable with prior written approval from the Federal awarding agency. (45 CFR §75.442)
Proposal costs are the costs of preparing bids, proposals, or applications on potential Federal and non-Federal awards or projects, including the development of data necessary to support the non-Federal entity's bids or proposals. Proposal costs of the current accounting period of both successful and unsuccessful bids and proposals normally should be treated as indirect (F&A) costs and allocated currently to all activities of the non-Federal entity. No proposal costs of past accounting periods will be allocable to the current period. (45 CFR §75.460)
Grant awards will not allow reimbursement of pre-award costs.
Construction is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award.
Purchase of real property is not an allowable activity or expenditure under this grant award. Funding for UAC medical services is provided under a separate ORR managed care program and must not be included as a component of the applicant's budget.
Each year, the HHS appropriations includes a prohibition, stating that none of the funds appropriated may be expended for an abortion, except in cases where pregnancy is a result of rape or incest or where the woman suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, that would, as certified by a physician, place the woman in danger of death unless an abortion is performed.
As referenced in 45 CFR §75.216(b), HHS funds are prohibited from being paid as profit to any recipient even if the recipient is a commercial organization. Profit is defined as any amount in excess of allowable direct and indirect costs.
All applicants must have a DUNS Number (http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform) and an active registration with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov/SAM, https://www.sam.gov).
Obtaining a DUNS Number may take 1 to 2 days.
All applicants are required to maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. If a grant is awarded, registration at SAM must be active throughout the life of the award.
Plan ahead. Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e. Grants.gov.
The due date for applications is June 29, 2018.
The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date. Electronic applications submitted to www.Grants.gov after 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date, as indicated by a dated and time-stamped email from www.Grants.gov, will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.
The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date listed in the Overview and in Section IV.4. Submission Dates and Times. Paper applications received after 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. Paper applications received from applicants that have not received approval of an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.
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Program Office Contact:
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Division of Unaccompanied Children Operations
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 205-9513
Fax: (202) 401-1022
Office of Grants Management Contact:
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Division of Discretionary Grants
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-4577
Fax: (202) 205-3449
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