|Applications Due (Date / Time)
February 28, 2020 / 04:00 PM ET
|The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) announces this Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit proposals from qualified applicants to support kinship caregivers, also referred to as non-parent caregivers. These Kinship Caregiver Programs will serve families with informal or legal custody of a child(ren) between the ages of 0-18 in at least two (2) or more counties of New York State (NYS). See RFP Section 5.3 Key Concepts for additional information. For the purpose of awards made from this Request for Proposal, OCFS will view each NYC borough as a county. Program services must include case management and referral, support groups, education, family engagement and maintenance, and family preservation.
The contract(s) resulting from this procurement will be for a five-year term from September 1, 2020, to August 31, 2025, in the amount of up to $150,000 per year, per award. This award is contingent upon available funds and satisfactory contractor performance. A local match is not required, but it is encouraged. Applicants must operate in accordance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations.
The New York State Fiscal Year 2019-20 State Budget appropriated $2.2 million to fund Kinship Caregiver Programs, and OCFS anticipates that funding will be appropriated in future years at similar amounts. The awards resulting from this RFP are contingent on the availability of funding and satisfactory contractor performance. The purpose of this RFP is to fund new Kinship Caregiver Programs to increase the state’s capacity to achieve safety and well-being for children living with kinship families. The Kinship Caregiver Programs will serve families with informal or legal custody of a child(ren) between the ages of 0-18. The services provided by Kinship Caregiver Programs are intended to enable children in kinship care to thrive, when their biological parents are unable to care for them. Kinship Caregiver Program services must include best practices in the field that address the multiple needs of children residing with grandparents, relatives, or any other non-parent caregiver. See Section 4.1 Desired Outcomes and Program Requirements for additional information.
NOTE: Caregivers with legal guardianship OR kinship foster care placements ARE NOT ELIGIBLE to be served under this grant opportunity.