RHY News

Nominations Are Being Accepted for Missing Children's Day Awards

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), is now accepting nominations through January 23, 2019 for the Missing Children's Day awards.

The award categories are:
Missing Children's Law Enforcement Award
Missing Children's Citizen Award
Missing Children's Child Protection Award
Attorney General's Special Commendation

Award winners will be honored at the National Missing Children's Day Ceremony on May 22, 2019 in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit: https://bit.ly/2SWneav

Contact: (877) 798-7692 or [email protected] with any questions.


Lessons from the Field: "How Mentoring Supports Runaway and Homeless Youth Victims and Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking"

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), invites you to join the panel discussion “How mentoring supports runaway and homeless youth victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.”

Mentoring is a tool that is gaining traction and is emerging as a successful practice with youth who are at risk of or are victims and survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. The panel discussion will tap into the experiences of programs who provide mentoring services specifically to these youth, including youth experiencing homelessness. The discussion will also focus on the national scope of mentoring youth programs, and how youth-informed practices and youth leadership can assist programs in integrating effective prevention and intervention approaches when working with youth.

Monday, January, 28, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EST

K. Lenore Jean-Baptiste, Project Coordinator, Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth
Heather McNutt, RHY Program Manager, Common Ground
Kendan Elliott, Project Lead and TA Manager, Youth Collaboratory
Mirielle Milne, Youth Collaboratory Advocate, Youth Catalyst

Registration (required):
All attendees must pre-register for the webinar by clicking the following link: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Message to all attendees of the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training

FYSB and RHYTTAC are monitoring the weather conditions in Austin and have been in touch with the host hotel about accommodations being made as there is currently a “water advisory” which is limited to drinking water - not bathing or showering.

  • During the advisory, bottled water will be distributed to all attendees at check-in for consumption and brushing teeth. In addition, the hotel will provide water stations throughout the hotel to fill water bottles.
  • Please note the weather forecast for Austin is sunny for the beginning of the national training week transitioning to rain at the end of the week. Please come prepared as applicable.

We have a great event planned and FYSB and RHYTTAC look forward to seeing everyone in Austin next week.


New RHY Clearinghouse Website

The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families (NCHYF), also known as the Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Clearinghouse, recently launched its new blog and website. The Clearinghouse is sponsored by the Family and Youth Services Bureau and was created specifically for RHY service providers, including grantees, to offer ready access to information and resources that can support the important work they do. The first “On Point” blog post takes readers on a brief tour of the new website. To learn more, please visit: https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov/node/22018.

You may also sign up to receive emails and future blog posts from the Clearinghouse at: https://rhyclearinghouse.acf.hhs.gov/subscribe.


Home Free Program

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS), formerly known as the National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.  Annually, NRS, with the support of more than 120 volunteers, makes 250,000 connections to help and hope through hotline, online and offline resources.  Through its crisis hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY) and online (1800RUNAWAY.org) services, NRS provides crisis intervention for youth at crisis and runaway and homeless youth, including youth victims of human trafficking, families, community members, and youth services providers throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Home Free Program has reunited more than 17,000 youth with their families through. This programs is done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The Home Free Program helps reunite runaway youth with their families, or an alternative living arrangement through a free bus ticket home. By connecting to NRS at 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1800RUNAWAY.org, youth can initiate the process to return home or to a safe alternative.  

To learn more about the HOME FREE program and how you can utilize this service please visit: https://rhyttac.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/News/Home%20Free.pdf


Basic Center Program FOA Now Available

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the release of the Basic Center Program (BCP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

BCPs work to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth up to 18 years of age and their families. BCPs provide youth with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals to necessary services. Basic centers can provide temporary shelter for up to 21 days for youth and seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements. Additional services may include street-based services, home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family, drug abuse education, and prevention services.

Under this announcement, budget and project periods will start on September 30, 2018. An estimated 89 awards will be funded. Applications are due on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Please note that this is an abbreviated application period, which is shortened from 60 days to 51 days.

Please click here to view the full announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298176.


Runaway and Homeless Youth Program
Family and Youth Services Bureau

Street Outreach Program Funding Now Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the availability of funding for approximately 37 grants to programs providing street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at-risk of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and severe forms of trafficking in persons. Grantees of the Street Outreach Program (SOP) provide services in areas where street youth congregate, in order to help them make healthy choices and provide them access to shelter.

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-YO-1353

Application Due Date: June 20, 2018

Read the SOP funding opportunity announcement here: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-YO-1353

Save the Dates for the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) are pleased to announce the 2018 National Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Grantees Training will be held in Austin, Texas from October 31st through November 2nd. Registration for the national training and hotel are scheduled to open on June 4th.

The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31st and conclude at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2nd. There will be opportunities to attend additional institute trainings preceding the national training on Tuesday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Organizations receiving FYSB RHY funding are eligible for a stipend of up to $600 to assist with travel and hotel expenses.  All grantees are directed to send an organizational representative per their funding agreement.

Call for Presenters

FYSB, RHYTTAC, and the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training planning committee, invite you to submit a workshop proposal for this year's National Grantees Training. More than 30 workshop trainings of 90-minute duration will be available to all RHY program staff levels.  RHYTTAC is seeking relevant topics that will be of most benefit to a wide variety of grantees. The deadline for submitting proposals is May 25, 2018.

Your willingness to share your experience and expertise with fellow grantees is appreciated. Please share this call for presenters with your colleagues in the field, especially those who you believe would be valuable additions to the training experience.  If you have any questions about workshop presentations or proposals, please contact Kim Frierson at 502.635.3660, [email protected], or Mark Wolf at 865.684.4580, [email protected].

Click here to view the criteria and instructions for submitting a proposal.

Click here to submit your proposal.

Call for Posters

FYSB, RHYTTAC, and the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training planning committee also invite you to submit a Poster Session Presentation application for consideration at this year’s national training.

The Poster Session will highlight quality, innovative, and relevant programming in a poster display format. Each selected agency will be provided a tri-fold poster board to display on an exhibit table during the national training. The Poster Session provides the opportunity for RHY grantees to share promising and best-practices from their programs in a format that encourages informal sharing of experience, expertise, and lessons learned. 

The deadline for submitting a Poster Session application is May 25, 2018.

Click here to view the criteria for submitting an application.

Click here to submit your application.

If you have any questions about the Poster Session Presentation or your application, please contact April Carthorn, [email protected], or Mark Wolf, [email protected]. You may also call 865.684.4580.


Revised Transitional Living Program/Maternity Group Home Funding Opportunity Announcement

On March 23, 2018, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which provided funding for federal programs for the remainder of fiscal year 2018.  Included in the appropriations is an increase of $8.3 million and language with guidance to FYSB to support continuation of services for Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Home (MGH) grantees whose grants end on April 30, 2018 through the end of FY 2018.  FYSB will work directly with the TLP and MGH grantees impacted by the increased funding to coordinate the extension of their current grants.

As a result of the additional appropriations to support TLP and MGH grantees with end dates of April 30, 2018, FYSB has modified the 2018 Transitional Living Program/Maternity Group Home Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), currently scheduled to close on April 5, 2018.  Specifically, FYSB is modifying the FOA to revise the budget and program end dates, as well as the available funding for the initial year award.  The revised FOA, published here, makes available up to $18,041,111 for new awards in FY 2018.  Grants awarded under this announcement will have a start date of September 29, 2018 and the project period will be for 36 months.  The initial award will be for 12 months and run from September 29, 2018 through September 28, 2019.  In addition to the initial 12-month award, the 36-month project period includes two, 12-month, non-competing continuation awards of not more than $200,000 each.  The total 36-month project period should not exceed $600,000.

For questions about these changes, please contact Angie Webley at [email protected]


The Family & Youth Services Bureau


The Opioid Epidemic: Two New Research Briefs

The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has just released the following two briefs:

  1. Substance Use, the Opioid Epidemic and the Child Welfare System: Key Takeaways from a Mixed Methods Study
  2. The Relationship Between Substance Use Prevalence and Child Welfare Caseloads

They are available at: https://aspe.hhs.gov/child-welfare-and-substance-use

The briefs examine how substance use affects child welfare systems across the country. Top-level findings are as follows:

  • Caseloads: Nationally, rates of drug overdose deaths and drug-related hospitalizations have a positive relationship with child welfare caseloads (that is, rates of child protective services reports, substantiated reports, and foster care placements). Generally, counties with higher overdose death and drug hospitalization rates have higher caseload rates. In addition, these substance use indicators correlate with rates of more complex and severe child welfare cases.
  • Availability and use of substance use treatment: Several major challenges affect how child welfare agencies and families interact with substance use treatment options, including medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Family-friendly treatment options are limited, and caseworkers, courts, and other providers often misunderstand how treatment works and lack guidelines on how to incorporate it into child welfare practice.
  • System response: Child welfare agencies and their community partners are struggling to meet families’ needs. Haphazard substance use assessment practices, barriers to collaboration with substance use treatment providers and other stakeholders, and shortages of foster homes and trained staff undermine the effectiveness of agencies’ responses to families.
Special thanks to Mathematica Policy Research for assistance with data collection, as well as the more than 180 individuals across the country participating in interviews. Their time, perspectives, and knowledge were invaluable in this research effort.
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