On August 10, 2020, the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded $19 million to state, territorial, and tribal child welfare agencies to develop, enhance, or evaluate kinship navigator programs. The funding was awarded to all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 11 American Indian and Alaska Native tribes.
The funding being awarded is intended to help states and tribes prepare to participate in the title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program authorized by the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). This is the third year in a row that grants have been awarded to support development, expansion, and evaluation of kinship navigator programs. This funding supports the president’s June 2020 Executive Order on Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children. The goal is to improve permanency rates for children in the child welfare system.
Kinship navigator programs serve as a resource for families involved in the child welfare system, as well as families with no child welfare involvement. They are an important resource to help grandparents and other kin caregivers learn about and access programs and services to meet their own needs and the needs of the children they are raising.
This was reported by the Administration for Children and Families on August 10, 2020.
Contact information: Office of Communications, Administration for Children & Families, 330 C Street, S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20201; 202-401-9215; Fax: 202-205-9688; Email: email@example.com; Website: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/