National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes
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Bridget Shea Westfall
The Administration for Children and Families is seeking a single agency to establish a National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes (CBCT). CBCT will serve as the technical assistance focal point for coordinated and culturally competent capacity building technical assistance (TA) to American Indian and Alaska Native Nations.
The target population and consumers of CBCT TA are tribal agencies, tribal courts, and tribal organizations that support the successful administration of title IV-B and title IV-E child welfare programs. A focus is on the capacity to implement culturally appropriate intervention strategies for the mental health, medical, emotional, and behavioral challenges of children within the child welfare system.
The TA approach must include:
Universal TA: Intended to increase
awareness, understanding, engagement, and access in the
field of tribal child welfare as a whole. Activities
- Distilling research
- Gathering and organizing information and resources
- Developing products and tools
- Strategically disseminating information to the general public and to target audiences within tribal child welfare and related fields
Targeted TA: Intended to increase
knowledge and skills of constituents on a particular
topic or in a specific aspect of child welfare
practice. Activities include:
- Peer networking
- Expanding leadership abilities
- Tailored TA: Intended to increase the knowledge and skills of individuals and to foster improvements in organizational and system capacity, tailored to the unique needs and conditions within a specific tribal child welfare system
- Tribal Customary Adoption projects: Specific projects that will assist tribal systems to implement an array of culturally responsive permanency options for Native children and youth who have been maltreated or neglected and who cannot safely remain with their birth families
Eligible applicants are public and private organizations knowledgeable and experienced in the field of Indian tribal affairs and child welfare.
Award ceiling: $3,770,700 per year
Award floor: $3,000,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Estimated number of awards: 1
Links to the full announcement and the online application process are available through grants.gov.
- Administration for Children and Families, view details
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, view details
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