Prevention Funding Region 10

Request for Letters of Intent: Community Based Child Abuse and Prevention Services

The Department of Child Services Regional Service Council and Children’s Bureau will be selecting local prevention services providers based on prevention plans. Child Abuse Prevention Services are defined as primary and secondary prevention services. Community Partners will fund both.

Prevention is defined as those services and programs that positively influence families, parents, caretakers, and children in the general population before abuse or neglect occurs.  Primary prevention services:

  • Are accessible to everyone in the community;
  • Are received voluntarily;
  • Seek to promote positive family functioning rather than preventing problems;
  • Attempt to influence social forces which impact parents and children;
  • Are culturally responsive to the program participants, building on the cultural strengths of the family and community; and
  • Utilize methods which are educational and supportive, rather than clinical or treatment-oriented.

Secondary prevention services are offered to populations considered “at risk”. Although child abuse or neglect may not have occurred within these families, there is a higher probability that it may occur (or it may have occurred without clear recognition).  Secondary prevention services:

  • Are offered to a predefined group of vulnerable or “at risk” individuals;
  • Are received voluntarily;
  • Focus on particular stressors or parenting issues for identified parents and caretakers;
  • Seek to promote positive family functioning rather than just preventing problems;
  • Build upon participants’ strengths and are not based on a deficit approach; and
  • Offer solutions oriented to specific program participants, building on the cultural strengths of the family and community.

The goals or objectives of prevention services are:

  • To promote the safety of children
  • To reduce the number of children being removed from their parents, guardians, or custodians
  • To promote the efficiency of programs and services by coordinating available resources
  • To prevent or reduce the number of children who are victims of child abuse, neglect, exploitation, or delinquency

Proposals will be accepted for the following prevention categories:

  • Services for families affected by substance abuse
  • Services for families affected by domestic violence
  • Services aimed at teaching children and teens body safety
  • Services aimed at increase knowledge of internet safety, knowledge of safe relationships, awareness of potential safety issues with regards to friends, internet, parents, and self, and increases community awareness of abuse and neglect
  • Services that directly prevent children and families from becoming involved with the Department of Child Services and keep children safe

Proposals are due by Friday May 14th by 4:30pm and should be emailed to:

Linda Hayes, Lhayes@childrensbureau.org 

Jill Kelly, VP of Prevention Services, jkelly@childrensbureau.org

Peggy Surbey, Regional Manager, Peggy.Surbey@dcs.in.gov

Guidelines for Prevention Grants

  • All letters of intent should be no more than 3 pages and all agencies submitting grants will receive an acknowledgement email once the letter of intent is received.  All letters of intent must be emailed to ALL of the emails listed above.
  • Please keep in mind that an additional electronic communication will be held when funds have been allocated. This communication will include receiving MOU’s, invoices, and a more detailed discussion of billing, fingerprints, etc.

Requirements to be eligible for Brokered Dollars:

  • Must provide proof of liability insurance
  • Must comply with state requirements regarding criminal checks, cps checks, fingerprinting, and local law enforcement checks
  • Must provide services to children and families not involved with the Indiana Department of Child Services or Juvenile Probation