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93.597 Grants to States for Access and Visitation Programs
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Social Security Act, Section 469B.
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:
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.
Applicant Eligibility: All States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Guam.
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.
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.
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.
Account Identification: 75-1501-0-1-609.
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.
Regional or Local Office: See Appendix IV of the Catalog for ACF Regional Offices.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: