$350M HHS Grant to House Unaccompanied Illegal Minors Requires Family Planning Services

A $350 million grant opportunity announced Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services to provide shelter for unaccompanied alien children (UAC) requires that “family planning services” be provided and that residential care providers deliver services in a manner that is “sensitive” to sexual orientation and gender identity.

The grant will be issued by HHS through the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The primary function of the Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children’s Services (ORR/DCS) is to provide temporary shelter care and related services to unaccompanied alien children in custody.

Unaccompanied alien children (UAC) are defined as minors who have no lawful immigration status in the U.S., who have not reached the age of 18, and for whom there is no parent or legal guardian in the U.S. or no parent or legal guardian in the U.S. is available to provide care and physical custody.

While the population of unaccompanied illegal children generally consists of children ages 12 to 17 with males representing a higher percentage of the overall population, “ORR is looking for applicants who can provide services for a diverse population of UAC of all ages and genders as well as pregnant and parenting teens,” the grant said.