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Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
93.597 Grants to States for Access and Visitation Programs

FEDERAL AGENCY:

ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

AUTHORIZATION:

Social Security Act, Section 469B.
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To enable States to create programs which support and facilitate access and visitation by non-custodial parents with their children. Activities may include mediation, counseling, education, development of parenting plans, visitation enforcement and development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody arrangements.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

A State to which a grant is made under this section may not use the grant to supplant expenditures by the State for allowable activities, but shall use the grant to supplement such expenditures at a level at least equal to the level of such expenditures for fiscal year 1995.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   All States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Custodial and non-custodial parents and children.

Credentials/Documentation:   The Governors have designated a single State agency to represent the State in carrying out this responsibility.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   State Governors have designated a single State agency to carry out this responsibility. Eligible applicants for these grants shall be State agencies, courts, nonprofit private agencies or local public agencies. Information will be provided to the State designated agencies on available funds and relevant projects. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Applications are made using the standard application form, as furnished by the Department of Health and Human Services and required by OMB Circular No. A-102. Application kits which contain the prescribed application forms and supplemental descriptive information on the access and visitation grant program are available from: The Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, 4th Floor, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington DC 20447.

Award Procedure:   Official notice of approved grant applications is made through issuance of a Notice of Grant Award. This provides the amount of funds awarded, the purpose of the award, the terms and conditions of the award, the budget period for which support is given, the total project period, and the total grantee participation.

Deadlines:   Closing dates are established and published as program announcements in letters which will be sent to the designated State agency.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   From 60 to 120 days.

Appeals:   There are no formal appeal procedures.

Renewals:   Extensions and continuations of grants with 1 year project periods are generally not available except under extreme circumstances.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   Grantees are required to share in the cost of projects. A 10% match is required. This can be provided by the State and local agency, cash or in kind.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Funds will generally be granted on a 12 month basis.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Reports of progress and expenditures are required on all projects. Specific requirements will be indicated in the Program Announcement and forthcoming regulation.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records:   Proper accounting records, identifiable by grant number and including all receipts and expenditures, must be maintained for 3 years. Subsequent to audit, they must be maintained until all questions are resolved.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   75-1501-0-1-609.

Obligations:   FY 01 $10,000,000; FY 02 est $10,000,000; and FY 03 est $10,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:   Figures will vary according to the allocation formula and the amount of money States have spent on this activity in the past.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Every Governor has designated a State agency that will use these grant funds to establish and administer programs to support and facilitate non-custodial parents' access to and visitation of their children. In fiscal year 2001 54 grants were awarded. It is estimated that 54 grants will be awarded in fiscal years 2002 and 2003.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

Grants Administration Policies and application kits may be obtained from: Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, 4th Floor, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington DC 20447.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   See Appendix IV of the Catalog for ACF Regional Offices.

Headquarters Office:  
Michelle Jadczak 330 C. Street S.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: michelle.jadczak@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 202 401-4578

Web Site Address:  
https://www.acf.hhs.gov/css

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

None.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

Not applicable.

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