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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Tribe, IHE, Agency, For-Profit, or Nonprofit to Address Mental Health Services for Vulnerable Children

National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
CFDA Number: 93.652
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACF-ACYF-CO-0039
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
LOI Date: 04/28/23
Deadline: 05/30/23 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreement to a USA or territory Tribe, IHE, government agency, for-profit, or nonprofit organization to address mental health services for children in foster care and adopted children. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. The development of a national center is expected to raise the level of utilization of existing evidence-informed, state-of-the-art adoption-competent training for mental health practitioners that will increase the access and availability of professionals with trauma-informed competence.

The purpose of this funding opportunity will be to provide one grant to a recipient to create a National Center for Adoption Competent Mental Health Services (the Center) with the capacity to work with state child welfare systems to build the bridges with the mental health community for the further development and training of the mental health practitioners in issues related to separation, loss, grief and trauma and to develop strategies for making trauma-based competent mental health services consistently and comprehensively available throughout each state.  All work of this entity will be accomplished utilizing a race equity lens.

States struggle with providing comprehensive and adoption competent mental health services for children in foster care and adoptive/guardianship homes. Availability of mental health practitioners trained about the trauma-base experienced by these children is limited, yet these services are critical to the well-being and stability of children while in care and in adoptive/guardianship homes. Building bridges between the child welfare system and the state mental health systems is key to bringing about systemic change to increase and improve on the services provided to children/youth and their families.

The Center will provide individual technical assistance to the child welfare systems of states, tribes, and territories in building alliances with the mental health community to build access to competent mental health services for children in care and in adoptive/guardianship homes.

Project Goals can be found on page 4 on the NOFO in RFP & Supporting Documents.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Per 42 U.S.C. 5113(b)(4), eligibility is open to public or private agencies or organizations, including adoptive family groups and minority groups.

CB will accept applications that represent partnerships among organizations with relevant experience. Applicants may subcontract with organizations specializing in their assigned tasks. Applications from collaborations must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the cooperative agreement.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity. Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at and, subject to the protections and requirements of 45 CFR Part 87 and 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., ACF will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization's religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity.

Pre-Application Information
- Due Date for Letter of Intent: 04/28/2023
- Closing Date for Applications: May 30, 2023: Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the listed application due date.

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and System for Award Management (SAM):
- All applicants must have a UEI and an active registration with SAM ( prior to applying to a funding opportunity.
- All applicants are required to maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. If a grant is awarded, the SAM registration must be active throughout the life of the award. Your SAM registration must be renewed every 365 days to keep it active.
- 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.,
- This action should allow you time to resolve any issues that may arise. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in your inability to submit your application through or prevent the award of a grant. Applicants should maintain documentation (with dates) of their efforts to request a UEI, register for, or renew a registration, at SAM.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- Award Ceiling: $4,000,000
- Award Floor: $3,750,000

Term of Contract
Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2023

Length of Project Periods: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

Contact Information
Program Office Contact
June Dorn
Administration for Children and Families
Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Children's Bureau
CB Operations Center c/o LCG, Inc.
6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 410
Rockville, MD 20852

Office of Grants Management Contact
Katrina Morgan
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
(888) 203-6161

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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