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DHHS/ACF: Residential Treatment Center Services for Unaccompanied Children


The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provides temporary shelter care and other services to unaccompanied children (referred to as child, or children).

Donor Name: Administration for Children and Families – ORR

State: All States

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 07/31/2023

Size of the Grant: $8,000,000

Grant Duration: 36 months


A unaccompanied child is defined in statute as a child who has no lawful immigration status in the United States; has not attained 18 years of age; and with respect to whom there is no parent or legal guardian in the United States, or not parent or legal guardian in the United States is available to provide care and physical custody. ORR is seeking Residential Treatment Center (RTC) care providers that specialize in the high-quality care of children who have psychiatric or psychological issue that cannot be addressed in an outpatient setting and will require heightened behavioral and/or mental health support.

Purpose of the Program 

The purpose of this project is to fund organizations that demonstrate an ability to provide high-quality and child-centered residential care that ensures children’s safety and well-being. Residential Treatment Center (RTC) providers specialize in the care of children with conduct and behavioral issues.  RTC providers are required to be licensed to provide Residential Treatment Services,  in the state, in which, they are located and accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) or an equivalent accrediting agency.  RTCs are required to provide services in a highly structured clinical program and have the ability to provide services to children with various mental health needs.

ORR may place children with RTC care providers who require psychiatric or psychological support and do not require inpatient hospitalization. ORR may place a child in an RTC if the child is determined to be a danger to self or others by a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist consulted by ORR or an ORR-funded care provider. RTC care providers must have the capacity to accept all referrals and treat children with a history of psychological, physical, sexual, or emotional trauma that usually results in depression, dissociative disorders, conduct disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, or any other qualifying psychiatric diagnoses. RTC care providers must deliver clinical treatment and related services, including psychiatric support and skill building, within the context of a safe group home or hospital setting under the supervision of a clinical team or attending psychiatrist.

You can be a care provider if you:

  • Can offer residential services 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week.
  • Have a program that will provide capacity for up to 12 beds per program.
  • Can comply with all applicable state child welfare laws, regulations, state licensing standards, and all state and local building, fire, health, and safety codes.
  • Provide suitable living accommodations, including bed, chair, desk, and storage for clothing and other personal items.
  • Have the capacity to provide children with:
    • culturally appropriate meals and snacks;
    • several sets of new clothing and personal grooming items.
  • Provide accessibility to persons with disabilities.
  • Offer transportation to immigration courts, pro bono legal services, airports, and service providers.
  • Provide designated common areas, spaces for recreation, education, and case management; and confidential spaces for counseling, health services, and attorney meetings.
  • Provide a security system, with alarms and video monitoring to protect children and prevent unauthorized entrance and exit.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $50,000,000
  • Award Ceiling: $8,000,000
  • Award Floor: $1,000,000
  • Period of Performance: 36 months

Eligible Activities

RTC care providers provide comprehensive on-site services for children, such as education, case management, counseling, individual service plans, and access to medical services.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Special district governments
  • Small businesses
  • County governments
  • State governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

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