The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a $350 million “funding opportunity” on Friday for residential care providers of the thousands of illegal alien minors crossing the U.S. border unaccompanied by parents. According to HHS, recipients of these grants are required to provide these illegal young people with “family planning services” and to deliver care in a manner that is “sensitive” to sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Residential care providers are required to provide…family planning services,” says the grant announcement.
The grant document continues:
Residential care providers are required to provide or arrange for the program required services in a manner that is sensitive to the age, culture, religion, dietary needs, native language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other important individual needs of each UAC [Unaccompanied Alien Children]. All services and assessments are required to be administered for all UAC even if they are in ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] custody for a short period of time. Residential care providers are required to have the capacity to provide services in the language of the majority of UAC in their facility speak.
Residential care providers who are grant recipients must also agree to provide illegal alien minors case management services, educational services, family reunification and release services, group and individual counseling, individualized needs assessments and service plans, information about free legal assistance available to them, medical and mental health services, religious access, right to privacy, transportation, and visitation and phone calls.
The award range per budget period is $500,000 to $100 million. HHS expects to grant 60 awards that will last for three 12-month budget periods, or three years. The deadline for application submissions is August 5, 2014.
HHS predicts that 60,000 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children will enter the United States this year, which represents an 815 percent increase from the 6,560 illegal minors caught crossing the U.S. border in 2011.
CNS News asked the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), through which the grants will be issued, to provide details of the types of “family planning services” grant recipient residences were required to provide the illegal minors, and how grant recipients are expected to be sensitive to sexual orientation and gender identity.
ACF spokesman Kenneth Wolfe reportedly responded by saying he would see if “a political appointee” would be able to comment on it. However, neither Wolfe nor an ACF “political appointee” responded to the questions on family planning services or sexual orientation and gender identity by press time.