November/December 2001Vol. 2, No. 6HHS Promotes Adoption through Discretionary and Training Grants
More than $11 million in grants have recently been released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to fund programs that promote adoption.
Announced on September 30, the Adoption Opportunities grants will fund demonstration projects in FY 2001 that facilitate the elimination of barriers to adoption and provide permanent loving homes for children who are awaiting adoption, particularly children with special needs. Approximately $3.1 million in grants were awarded to organizations in the following 4 priority areas:
- Achieving increased adoptive placements for children in foster care
- Field-initiated demonstration projects advancing the state of the art in the adoption field
- Quality improvement centers on adoption
- Evaluations of existing adoption programs.
Access a complete list of the Children's Bureau FY2001 Discretionary Grant Awards, which includes Adoption Opportunities, Child Abuse and Neglect, Abandoned Infants, and Child Welfare at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/programs_fund/discretionary/2001.htm
Health care workers at federally funded health centers and clinics nationwide will soon receive training to inform pregnant women about adoption, as well as other options, with new funding announced October 15. HHS was mandated by Congress to implement the training program under the Infant Adoption Awareness Act, included in the Children's Health Act of 2000.
The $8.6 million in grants will be allocated as follows:
- National Council for Adoption—$6,112,916
- Spaulding for Children—$1,368,166
- Harmony Adoptions of Tennessee—$626,430
- Arizona Children's Association—$515,116
Grantees will follow best-practice training guidelines developed by HHS in consultation with 29 experts in the field. Training led by the National Council for Adoption, based in Washington, D.C., will be national in scope. Spaulding for Children of Michigan and Arizona Children's Association will develop statewide training programs. Harmony Adoptions will train workers in the Tennessee region. Grants will be jointly administered by two HHS agencies—the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
See the following related articles in past issues of the Children's Bureau Express:
- "Applications Sought for FY 2001 Children's Bureau Discretionary Grants" (May/June 2001)
- "President Signs Law Promoting Children's Health" (November 2000)