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February 2012Vol. 13, No. 1Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Migrant Programs

On September 30, 2011, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded three grants under the grant program titled "Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs." The purpose of this grant program is to provide financial support to selected Tribes, Tribal organizations, and migrant programs for child abuse prevention programs and activities consistent with the goals outlined by title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA). The goal of the programs and activities supported by these funds is to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of abuse or neglect within Tribal and migrant populations. The funds must support more effective and comprehensive child abuse prevention activities and family support services that will enhance the lives and ensure the safety and well-being of migrant and Native American children and their families.

Some examples of programs that the grantees are implementing include, but are not limited to, voluntary home visiting, parenting education, mutual support, family resource centers, domestic violence victim advocacy services, and other family support services. Applicants were strongly encouraged to implement evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and practices that reflect the unique cultural characteristics and needs of their communities. The grantees are also supporting an evaluation of the programs and services funded by the grant. Finally, grantees are to develop stronger linkages with the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program (CBCAP) State Lead Agency funded under title II of CAPTA. The three funded projects are described below.

  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, WA
    Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (YVFWC) will provide Spanish-language parenting education classes targeting low-income, Spanish-speaking migrant families. The goals of the parenting education program are to prevent child abuse and neglect and promote healthy family development, increase family and community protective factors and resilience, and demonstrate the benefits of collaboration between child/family serving programs.
  • Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Pablo, MT
    The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Parent Partner Project will provide three evidence-informed practices: (1) the Parent Partner model, (2) Positive Indian Parenting, and (3) Mind Body Awareness Mindfulness Training. The target population is American Indian families residing on the Flathead Indian Reservation in northwestern Montana who have substantiated cases of abuse or neglect or who are providing foster care services to children from such families.
  • Indian Child Welfare Consortium in Temecula, CA
    Indian Child Welfare Consortium will implement the American Indian Prevention Program to develop a coordinated system of care with child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and domestic violence victim advocacy providers. The grantee will implement culturally tailored evidence-based motivational interviewing, parent training, and couples-strengthening interventions. The project will serve American Indian parents who are at risk of or are already involved in the child welfare system.

These grantees have developed unique approaches to address child abuse and neglect prevention efforts in their communities. Each grantee has chosen a different evaluation approach, but they all share similar program outcomes. Some of these outcomes include increased knowledge of parenting skills, access to support services within the community, implementation fidelity, cultural competence, parental empowerment and development, and improvements in children’s behavior in response to positive parenting. Dissemination efforts include a focus at the community, State, and national levels, providing information directly to service agencies and researchers through conference and workshop presentations.

For additional information regarding this grant program, please visit the FRIENDS National Resource Center website at or contact the Federal Project Officer, Rosie Gomez, at

Contributed by Rosie Gomez, Federal Project Officer, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect