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October 2008Vol. 9, No. 8From the Associate Commissioner's Office:<br>Children's Bureau Grants

Dear Colleague:

I thank you for your interest in the work of the Children's Bureau and your commitment to improving the lives of at-risk children and families. The Children's Bureau is pleased to announce that we have awarded grants in nine priority areas for fiscal year (FY) 2008. The areas, the number of projects, and the funding provided for these projects for FY 2008 are:

  • Abandoned Infants Assistance: Comprehensive Support Services for Families Affected by Substance Abuse and/or HIV/AIDS—9 projects totaling $4.3 million
  • Adoption Opportunities: Diligent Recruitment of Families for Children in the Foster Care System—5 projects totaling $3.5 million
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act: National Quality Improvement Center on Preventing the Abuse and Neglect of Infants and Young Children—1 project at $1.7 million
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act: National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services—1 project at $1.7 million
  • Child Welfare Technical Assistance Implementation Centers—5 projects totaling $6.7 million
  • Child Welfare Training: Curriculum Development and Evaluation for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education—1 project at $250,000
  • Child Welfare Training: National Child Welfare Workforce Initiatives—6 projects totaling $5.8 million
  • Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs—3 projects totaling $413,000
  • Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visitation Programs to Prevent Child Maltreatment—17 projects totaling $8 million

The FY 2008 funding opportunities are intended to focus resources in those areas identified by States, Tribes, and local communities as critical to ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of children. For a list of individual projects awarded, please visit the Children's Bureau website:

I'd like to thank all of you for the time and resources you may have devoted in pursuit of these funding opportunities. The Children's Bureau is currently forecasting 12 funding opportunities in FY 2009. These funding opportunities will focus primarily on the competition for 10 National Resource and Technical Assistance Centers. We also anticipate announcing the availability of funds for the Evaluation of Existing Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Programs and for Abandoned Infants Assistance Comprehensive Programs. Information about planned FY 2009 funding opportunity announcements is now available on the Department of Health and Human Services Grants Forecast website:

To find the Children's Bureau's planned announcements, select "Browse by Category," then select "Income Security and Social Services/Family and Child Welfare Services."

The National Resource and Technical Assistance Centers, a vital part of the Children's Bureau's overall Training and Technical Assistance Network, are designed to improve child welfare systems by helping States and Tribes achieve sustainable, systemic change resulting in better lives for children, youth, and families. The professionals in each Resource Center bring specialized knowledge to multiple aspects of child welfare systems and practice. And when they combine forces with other members of the Training and Technical Assistance Network, positive things happen for our clients.

I encourage all interested parties to visit the above website and to give serious consideration to applying for any and all funding opportunities of interest. At the Children's Bureau, we believe that competition is the lifeblood of innovation. Without new ideas, we cannot make progress. We welcome applications not only from the fine organizations that have won grants in the past, but also from those that may have competed unsuccessfully before and those that have yet to submit applications.

The Children's Bureau relies on professionals in the field to help us carry out our mission of safety, permanency, and well-being for every child. We need your experience, your energy, and your proposals to move the system forward.

I look forward to a large and enthusiastic response to the FY 2009 program announcements.

Christine M. Calpin
Associate Commissioner
Children's Bureau