Request for Proposals
The Texas Foster Youth Health Initiative (TFYHI) builds relationships across child welfare and adolescent health systems to promote optimal health and prevent dating abuse, unwanted teen pregnancies, and STIs among child welfare-involved youth. The Texas Institute for Child & Family Wellbeing (TXICFW) at the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work is partnering with the Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (Texas Center for Child and Family Studies), Healthy Futures of Texas, and the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (Ntarupt) to develop and test innovative interventions for youth in care, foster caregivers, child welfare professionals, and child-placing organizations. TFYHI interventions focus on helping youth in foster care feel connected, safe, and empowered and access the information needed to make decisions about their sexual health and relationships.
Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), TFYHI is seeking to partner with residential care operations and child-placing agencies serving children in the Department of Family and Protective Services areas of Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley to pilot and test interventions for youth, foster caregivers, and staff. Interventions are trauma-informed and inclusive, build skills for communication and healthy relationships, increase knowledge about sexual development and sexual and reproductive health, and provide resources and ongoing technical assistance.
Selected agencies will participate in an organizational needs assessment, receive training for foster caregivers and staff, coordinate sexuality and relationship education programs for youth, and review organizational policies to support and sustain sexuality and relationship education.
The RFP, selection of applicants, and subcontracts are coordinated and administered by the Texas Center for Child and Family Studies. Four agencies will be selected to receive a subcontract beginning October 31, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022. The award ceiling is $50,000 with the final amount depending on the scope of proposed work.
Components of the Proposal
Proposals must be submitted on or before 5:00 PM Central Time on October 15, 2021.
1. Agency Description – 250 words or less
2. Project Narrative – 1,000 words or less
4. Other Required Information:
- Upload a copy of audited, reviewed, or complied financial statements for the most recent year issued
- Upload a copy of the organization’s current policy and procedures for background checks
- Upload a copy of your agency’s organization chart.
- Upload a budget and budget narrative