Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $505,795)
DOJ and OVC have long recognized the critical need to support American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) victims of crime. Over time, OVC has conducted a number of tribal consultations and listening sessions to gather input from our AI/AN partners regarding the Crime Victims Fund tribal victim services set-aside. Based on the information gathered, OVC will allocate the FY 2020 funding by an interim discretionary administrative formula. The formula being used was created with significant input from tribal leaders and from the information gathered from the consultations and listening sessions. Under this award, the Forest County Potawatomi Community Tribe requested funding to provide emergency assistance and culturally-appropriate out-of-home placement and/or enhanced residential treatment services for victimized children and youth. With this funding, Forest County Potawatomi Community Tribe will: 1) hire a part-time case manager to assist with home placement coordination and provide victim services; 2) provide foster parent training to effectively equip new and/or existing foster families with support and tools for providing the unique services of fostering victimized children and youth; 3) fund the placement fees and associated expenses that incur each time a child or youth needs out-of-home placement; 4) provide emergency assistance to foster homes and family placements for school clothes and school supplies for children and youth in need; and 5) provide foster home placement assistance stipends to foster families to contribute with necessities, such as hygiene products, clothing, bedding, diapers, formula for babies, or other appropriate items.