February 2012, Vol. 13, No. 1

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Children's Bureau Grantee Updates

Grants 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.

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 www.friendsnrc.org or contact the Federal Project Officer, Rosie Gomez, at rosie.gomez@acf.hhs.gov.

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


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