Child Welfare Training: The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

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Opportunity ID: 298161
Opportunity Number: HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-CT-1350
Opportunity Title: Child Welfare Training: The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.648
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: Per the statute, eligible entities are public or other nonprofit institutions of higher learning for special projects for training personnel for work in the field of child welfare. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.
Agency Code: HHS-ACF-CB
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families – ACYF/CB
Posted Date: Oct 27, 2017
Last Updated Date: Oct 27, 2017
Estimated Synopsis Post Date: Jan 15, 2018
Fiscal Year: 2018
Award Ceiling: $4,800,000
Award Floor: $3,000,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,800,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The purpose of this FOA would be to establish, by awarding one cooperative agreement, a National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) to advance federal priorities to improve safety, permanency, and well-being by building the capacity of child welfare professionals and improving the organizations that recruit, train, supervise, manage, and retain them. The Workforce Institute will play a national leadership role in the field of child welfare in the following broad areas: (1)Demonstrating how university partnerships support workforce development; (2) Implementing organizational interventions to improve workforce recruitment and retention; (3) Providing leadership training across the child welfare career spectrum; (4) Developing cross system approaches to improve worker and child outcomes; and (5) Building evidence of best practices in workforce development. A broad range of activities will be undertaken by the Workforce Institute to promote effective child welfare practice, enhance agency efforts to create supportive work environments, and improve worker recruitment and retention outcomes by: Implementing an innovative, comprehensive and integrated organizational, educational, and professional development approach to effective child welfare workforce development building on the last two iterations of NCWWI work; Implementing effective workforce organizational interventions that result in improved agency climate, worker preparation, recruitment, and retention outcomes for agencies; such as reduction in emotional stress and worker burnout, increased length of stay for workers, changes in worker attitude and satisfaction, increased recruitment, etc.; Demonstrating expertise in collecting and disseminating information about effective and promising workforce practices in innovative ways; Implementing an intensive, structured research design that rigorously evaluates and measures the impact of each major component of the project and a cross-site evaluation that will build a body of knowledge regarding the appropriate elements to consider and address when implementing a comprehensive model of effective workforce development; and Demonstrating improved safety, well-being, permanency and placement stability outcomes for children and youth in agency care. This will be a 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods.
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