Quality Improvement Center on Child Welfare Involved Children and Families Experiencing Domestic Violence

Funding Agency:
Administration for Children and Families

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to award a 5-year cooperative agreement to establish one Quality Improvement Center (QIC) to develop, implement and support innovative collaborative models, policies, procedures and interventions targeted toward improving the safety, permanency and well-being for families that are: (1) pregnant and/or have young children, (2) involved in the child welfare system, and (3) experiencing domestic violence.  The QIC on Child Welfare Involved Children and Families Experiencing Domestic Violence will generate and nationally disseminate knowledge regarding best practices and effective policy and practice models for collaborative practices and interventions for these children and families.

The following are the expected objectives of the QIC:

- Collect, develop and disseminate information that helps child welfare agencies, domestic violence programs, court professionals and early childhood programs to better serve the needs of families that are (1) pregnant and/or have young children,  (2) involved in the child welfare system, and (3) experiencing domestic violence;

- Identify evidence-based and/or evidence-informed, promising and innovative strategies that focus on building collaborative response models, practices and system interventions - including the infrastructure necessary to support these services;

- Develop, support and implement four to six projects in state, county, and/or tribal child welfare systems to pilot identified collaborative response models and/or systems interventions to better serve the needs of these families;

- Assist selected project sites in assessing, developing and strengthening partnerships, policies and procedures with domestic violence programs to implement services that are responsive to victims of domestic violence and their children, including, being trauma-informed and programmatically responsive to the safety needs of these families throughout their engagement with child welfare;

- Rigorously evaluate, through site-specific and, if applicable a cross-site evaluation, the work of the four to six projects that will further build the knowledge in this field and allow for the transfer of knowledge and implementation of these piloted strategies in other child welfare systems; and

- Improve the safety, permanency and well-being for pregnant and/or parenting families experiencing domestic violence involved in the child welfare system.

Deadline: Jul. 22, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements

In accordance with section 105(a)(6), ACF “may award grants to public or private agencies and organizations.” 42 U.S.C. § 5106(a)(6).

Collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts are strongly encouraged, but applicants must identify a primary applicant responsible for administering the grant.

Amount

$16,500,000

Amount Description

In the first budget period, the maximum federal share of each project is not to exceed $2,500,000.  In subsequent budget periods, the maximum federal share of this project is not to exceed $3,500,000 per budget period. 

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

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty
Institutional

Category

Community Outreach and Engagement
Interdisciplinary
Medical
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 22, 2016