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Services to Unaccompanied Alien Children

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families, Office of Administration
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  • Original Grant - Jul 13, 2004
Applications Due:

Aug 6, 2004
Received By

total funding: $5,400,000
max award: $1,200,000
min award: $800,000
cost sharing, matching: No
number of awards: 6
type of funding: Cooperative Agreement

Legislative Authority: This program is authorized by section 462(a) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, (6 U.S.C. 279(a)), which transferred responsibility of the Unaccompanied Alien Children's Program (UAC) from the Commissioner of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). To implement the UAC program, the Director of ORR will utilize the refugee children foster care system established pursuant to section 412(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1522(d)) for the placement of unaccompanied alien children. All programs must comply with the Flores Settlement Agreement. Purpose and Objectives: One of the functions of the Division of Unaccompanied Children's Services (DUCS) within ORR is to provide temporary shelter care (shelter, staff secure and secure) and other related services to children in ORR custody (as defined in Section I under Provision of Care of this announcement). Shelter care services will be provided for the period beginning when DUCS accepts a child for placement and ending when the child is either released from custody or a final disposition of the child's immigration case results in removal of the child from the United States. This announcement provides the opportunity to fund providers for shelter care services. In this announcement, providers selected by ORR are referred to as ``Recipients.'' The children, although placed in the physical custody of the Recipient, remain entirely in the legal custody of the Federal government (i.e., ORR). The population level of alien children is expected to fluctuate as arrivals and case dispositions occur. Program content must, therefore, reflect differential planning of services to children in various stages of personal adjustment and administrative processing. Although the population of children is projected to consist primarily of adolescents, Recipients are expected to be able to serve some children who are under 12 years old. Recipients of these funds are to facilitate the provision of assistance and services for each alien child including, but not limited to: physical care and maintenance, access to routine and emergency medical/mental health care, dental services, legal services, comprehensive needs assessment, education, recreation, individual and group counseling by licensed clinicians, access to religious services and other social services. Recipients may be required to provide other services if ORR determines in advance that a service is reasonable and necessary for a particular child. Recipients are expected to develop and implement an appropriate individualized service plan for the care and maintenance of each child in accordance with his/her needs as determined in an intake assessment. In addition, Recipients are required to implement and administer a case management system which tracks and monitors children's progress on a regular basis to ensure that each child receives the full range of program services in an integrated and comprehensive manner. Shelter care services shall be provided in accordance with applicable State child welfare statutes and generally accepted child welfare standards, practices, principles, and procedures. Services must be delivered in an open type of setting without a need for extraordinary security measures. Recipients are, however, required to design programs and strategies to discourage runaways and prevent the unauthorized absence of children in their care. Service delivery is expected to be accomplished in a manner which is sensitive to the culture, native language and needs of these children. Client Population It is anticipated that the client population will generally consist of males and females, 12 to17 years of age. Males constitute the majority while females comprise less than 17 percent of the total population of alien children. These minors are primarily nationals of El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, People's Republic of China and India; however, Recipients can expect to provide services to significant numbers of children from other countries. Recipients must also be prepared to provide child-care services to a limited number of children 12 years of age and younger. Definition of Unaccompanied Alien Child An unaccompanied alien child is a child who: (a) Has no lawful immigration status in the United States; (b) Has not attained 18 years of age; and (c) With respect to whom: (i) There is no parent or legal guardian in the United States; or, (ii) No parent or legal guardian in the United states available to provide care and physical custody. (6 U.S.C. 279(g)(2)) Allowable Activities All programs will be required to meet the Minimum Standards for Licensed Programs (Exhibit 1 of the Flores Statement Agreement) which requires that all unaccompanied alien children be provided with the following services as stated in Section I of this announcement: maintenance, medical, assessment, education, recreation/leisure, mental health services, individual counseling and group counseling, acculturation, orientation, access to religious services, visitation, right to privacy, family reunification services, legal service orientation and access to legal services such as pro bono attorney information and referral. Geographic Locations Applications submitted pursuant to this announcement must plan for the delivery of services to a population of at least 12 to 18 beds with a licensed capacity for future expansion based on the needs of the funding agency. The care facility should be located within a 30-mile radius of the metropolitan areas identified below: One of the following cities: New York, NY; Newark, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; or Wilmington, DE (Shelter Care Program). Phoenix or Tucson, AZ (Secure Program). Los Angeles or San Diego, CA (Staff Secure Program). One of the following cities: San Francisco, Oakland or San Jose, CA (Shelter Care Program). Seattle or Tacoma, WA (Staff Secure Program). The geographical location of the Recipient is not restricted to a selected area of service. However, the Recipients must be able to substantiate that their network of local affiliates or their subcontractor(s) or sub-recipient(s) will be able to deliver the required services effectively and appropriately and that local service provider organizations are licensed under applicable State law to provide shelter care and related services to dependent children. The provision of services will include: A structured, safe and productive environment which meets or exceeds respective State guidelines and Minimum Standards for services designed to serve children under ORR care and custody. Provision of Care (Minimum Standards for Licensed Programs) Licensed programs shall comply with all applicable State child welfare laws and regulations and all State and local building, fire, health and safety codes and shall provide or arrange for the services listed below for each child in their care based on the respective States regulations and the Minimum Standards for Licensed Programs as stated in Flores Settlement Agreements. The applicants must set forth in detail the following service areas: 1. Maintenance: Proper physical care and maintenance, including suitable living accommodations, food, appropriate clothing, and personal grooming items. 2. Medical: Appropriate routine medical and dental care, family planning services, and emergency health care services, a complete medical examination (including screening for infectious disease) within 48 hours of admission, excluding weekends and holidays, unless the child was recently examined at another facility; appropriate immunization in accordance with the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), Centers for Disease Control; administration of prescribed medication and special diets; appropriate mental health interventions when necessary. 3. Assessment: An individualized needs assessment which includes: (1) Initial intake and assessment forms; (2) essential data relating to the identification and history of the child and family; (3) identification of the child's mental health and medical special needs including any specific issues which appear to require immediate intervention; (4) an educational assessment and plan; (5) an assessment of family relationships and interaction with adults, peers and authority figures; (6) a statement of religious preference and practice; (7) an assessment of the child's personal goals, strengths and weaknesses; and (8) identifying information regarding immediate family members, other relatives, godparents or friends who may be residing in the United States and may be able to assist in family reunification. 4. Education: Educational services, Monday through Friday, appropriate to the child's level of development, and communication skills in a structured classroom setting which concentrates primarily on the development of basic academic competencies, and secondarily on English Language Training (ELT). The educational program shall include instruction, educational materials and other reading materials in such languages as needed. Basic academic areas should include Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, Reading, Writing and Physical Education. The Recipient shall provide children with appropriate reading materials in languages other than English for use during the children's leisure time. 5. Recreation/Leisure: Activities according to a recreation and leisure time plan that includes daily outdoor activities, weather permitting, at least one hour per day of large muscle activity and one hour per day of structured leisure time activities (this should not include time spent watching television). Activities should be increased to a total of three hours daily on days when school is not in session. 6. Mental Health: Referral to or provision of mental health services, such as crisis intervention, including protocols and standards for emergency mental health situations; on-site or outpatient therapy and counseling; psychiatric evaluation, treatment, and medication management; psychological evaluation and assessment; therapeutic residential treatment; in-patient psychiatric care and other clinical interventions identified as appropriate by ORR. 7. Individual Counseling: At least one individual counseling session per week conducted by a licensed clinician with the specific objectives of reviewing the child's progress, establishing new short- term objectives, and addressing both the developmental, immediate concerns and special needs of each child. 8. Group Counseling: Programs shall conduct group counseling sessions/community meetings at least twice a week. This is usually an informal process and takes place with all the children present. It is a time when new children are given the opportunity to get acquainted with the staff, other children, and the rules of the program. Community meeting shall be an open forum where everyone gets a chance to speak. Daily program management is discussed and decisions are made about recreational activities, etc. Social work staff shall have a curriculum for group therapy that may be altered depending on the needs of the population. Group goals should include: managing aggressive thoughts/ behaviors, improving social skills (including accepting feedback, disappointment, respect for authority, etc) and understanding the grieving stages and identifying grieving strategies. 9. Acculturation: Acculturation and adaptation services that include information regarding the development of social and inter- personal skills which contribute to the ability to live independently and responsibly. 10. Orientation: Upon admission, a comprehensive orientation regarding program intent, services, rules (written and verbal), expectations and the availability of legal assistance. 11. Religious Access: Whenever possible, access to religious services of the child's choice. 12. Visitation: Visitation and contact with family members (regardless of the family's immigration status) that is structured to encourage such visitation. The staff shall respect the child's privacy while reasonably preventing the unauthorized release of the child. 13. Right to Privacy: A reasonable right to privacy, which includes the right to: (1) Wear his or her own clothes, when available; (2) retain a private space in the residential facility, group or foster home for the storage of personal belongings; (3) talk privately on the phone, as permitted by the house rules and regulations; (4) visit privately with guests, as permitted by the house rules and regulations; and (5) receive and send uncensored mail unless there is a reasonable belief that the mail contains contraband. 14. Family Reunification Services: Family reunification services designed to identify relatives in the United States as well as in foreign countries and assistance in obtaining legal guardianship when necessary for the release of the child. 15. Legal Services Orientation: Legal services information regarding the availability and coordination of free legal assistance, the right to be represented by counsel at no expense to the government, the right to a removal hearing before an immigration judge, the right to apply for political asylum or to request voluntary departure in lieu of removal. 16. Cultural Sensitivity: Service delivery is to be accomplished in a manner which is sensitive to the age, culture, religion, dietary needs, native language and the complex needs of each child. 17. Rules: Program rules and discipline standards shall be formulated with consideration for the range of ages and maturity in the program and shall be culturally sensitive to the needs of alien children. Children shall not be subjected to corporal punishment, humiliation, mental abuse or punitive interference with the daily functions of living, such as eating or sleeping. Any sanctions employed shall not: (a) Adversely affect either a child's health, or physical or psychological well-being; or (b) deny a child regular meals, sufficient sleep, exercise, medical care, correspondence privileges, or legal assistance. 18. Service Plan: A comprehensive and realistic individual plan for the care of each child must be developed in accordance with the child's needs as determined by the individualized needs assessment. Individual plans shall be implemented and closely coordinated through an operative case management system. 19. Language Capacity: Programs shall hire and maintain staff that speaks the language of the children under their care. 20. Record Keeping: Programs shall develop, maintain and safeguard individual client case records. Agencies and organizations are required to develop a system of accountability which preserves the confidentiality of client information and protects the records from unauthorized use or disclosure. The records of clients served under this program are ORR's records. 21. Reporting to ORR: Programs shall maintain adequate program and financial records and make regular reports as required by ORR that permit ORR to monitor and enforce the Flores Settlement Agreement and other requirements and standards as ORR may determine are in the best interests of the children. Please see announcement for full description.

Who can apply:

Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Profit Organization
Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Discretionary Grants

More Information:


If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact: Tsegaye Wolde

Address Info:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families

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