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Child Advocacy Center (CAC) (FY 2025-2027)
2024 CAC RFP

Advocacy Centers are neutral, safe and child appropriate locations where multidisciplinary teams investigate disclosures of child sexual or severe physical abuse.   These multidisciplinary teams are made up of law enforcement officers, child protective service personnel, medical and mental health, victim assistance, prosecutors, and advocates. Children who have disclosed abuse are interviewed by a forensic interviewer at such centers.  The multidisciplinary approach to child abuse assessments is designed with the intention of reducing the secondary trauma associated with the disclosure and subsequent investigation of abuse.

The Child Advocacy Center must be a Non Profit entity with 501.c3 status or a government entity like a Prosecutor’s Office.  The Child Advocacy Center with the Non Profit status may be a stand-alone Child Advocacy Center, a Child Advocacy Center under an umbrella agency or a Child Advocacy Center under a Prosecutor’s Office.

The target population served by the CAC is restricted to the following:

1. Families and children for whom a child protection service assessment has been initiated.
2. Families and children who have substantiated cases of abuse and/or neglect and will likely develop into an open case with Informal Adjustment (IA) or Children in Need of Services (CHINS).
3. Children and their families which have an IA or the children have the status of CHINS or JD (Juvenile Delinquency).JS (Juvenile Status).
4. Children with the status of CHINS or JD/JS and their Foster/Kinship families with whom they are placed.

If your agency provides counseling services, you cannot provide these services under the Child Advocacy Center Service Standard, you must submit a proposal for counseling services under Community Based Services for the Counseling Service Standard.

Deadline for Submission of Proposal: July 10, 2024 at 3 PM EDT

CAC RFP


2024 Community Partners for Child Safety RFP

The Department of Child Services (DCS) is seeking proposals for the provision of child abuse prevention services under the Community Partners for Child Safety program that can be delivered in every region in the state. These services will build community resources in order to have a collaborative prevention network throughout the region. The service will be for those families that are identified through self-referral or other community agency referral and voluntarily agree to participate in services. The service will provide home based services to connect families to resources to strengthen the family and prevent child abuse and neglect.

The purpose of the RFP is to select vendors that can satisfy the Department’s need for the provision of these prevention services.

Respondents may choose to apply to serve individual regions or the entire state. If a Respondent chooses to serve individual regions they must be willing to service all counties within the proposed region.

Proposal Due Date: Friday, August 23, 2024, by 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

After this header items we will need multiple description lines (only what is bolded) with documents linked as follows:

2024 CPCS RFP Boilerplate

CPCS Pre Proposal PowerPoint

Attachment A   Sample – Community Partners Services Contract 

Attachment B   Business Proposal Template

Attachment C  Technical Proposal Template

Attachment D  Q & A Template 

Attachment E   Principles of Child Welfare Services

Attachment F   Assurances 

Attachment H  2024 Community Partners for Child Safety Service Standards 

Attachment I   Cost Proposal 

Attachment K   CPCS Brand Guide 

Attachment L   FRC Branding Guide

Attachment M   CPCS Estimated Regional Allocations 


Older Youth Services Summary for RFP Posting 2024

The Department of Child Services (DCS) is seeking proposals for the administration of the Chafee / Older Youth Services (OYS) Programs. The goal of OYS is to provide independent living instructional and experiential learning to youth in foster care, provide transitional services to youth who are expected to age out of foster care, extended foster care placement and supervision for those youth who want to voluntarily remain or re-enter foster care, and provide older youth services for young adult who voluntarily want to participate in OYS after they have aged out of foster care.

The purpose of the RFP is to select vendors that can satisfy the Department’s need for the provision of the Chafee / OYS program in one of the identified services areas that represent a collective of several regions and their corresponding 92 local offices in the State. DCS will be seeking venders to provide regional coverage within the service area.

Proposal Due Date: Monday, May 20, 2024, at 4:00pm Eastern Daylight Time  Updated 5/3/2024

Older Youth Services RFP# 25  Amendment 2 Updated 4/5/2024
Older Youth Services Pre-Proposal Presentation Updated 3/20/2024

Attachment A   Older Youth Services Service Standards

Attachment B   Older Youth Services Protocol Amendment 1 Updated 3/20/2024

Attachment C  Business Proposal

Attachment D  Technical Proposal

Attachment E   Cost Proposal Amendment 2 Updated 5/3/2024

Attachment F   OYS Sample Contract

Attachment G  OYS Question & Answer Template
Q&A Final Responses Updated 4/5/2024

Attachment H  Brokering of Services Partnerships

Attachment I    Indiana Older Youth Services Census

Attachment J    National Youth in Transition Service Elements Cheat Sheet

Attachment K   Assurances

Attachment L   Exhibit 1 Certification Background Check

Attachment M  Federal Selected Disallowed

Attachment N  Principles of Child Welfare


Indiana Youth Advisory Board Summary for RFP#002526 Posting 2024

The Department of Child Services (DCS) is seeking proposals for the administration of the Indiana Youth Advisory Board (IYAB). IYAB is a well-established youth-led board that prepare its members to take on leadership roles on the local, state, and national level, as well as within their lives.  The vision of this board is to enable Indiana's foster youth to advocate for themselves and communicate effectively by increasing awareness of rights, responsibilities, and resources to ensure successful transitions.

The purpose of this RFP is to select one IYAB vendor that can satisfy the Department’s need for the provision of co-facilitation and coordination of IYAB. Thereby, developing youth-adult partnerships, educating the community, and assisting the youth in fulfilling leadership roles of advocating for themselves and others. This youth-lead collaboration will engage youth in various ways as described in the Indiana Youth Advisory Board Service Standards as well as provide stipends and compensation for their lived experiences.

Proposal Due Date: Monday, May 6, 2024, by 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Indiana Youth Advisory Board RFP#0002526 Amendment 1 Updated 4/4/2024
Pre-Proposal Presentation Updated 3/20/2024

Attachment A   Indiana Youth Advisory Board Service Standards Amendment 1 Updated 4/4/2024

Attachment B   Business Proposal Template

Attachment C  Technical Proposal Template

Attachment D  Cost Proposal Template

Attachment E   Indiana Youth Advisory Board Q & A Template
Q & A Final Responses Updated 4/4/2024

Attachment F   IYAB Sample Contract

Attachment G  Indiana Youth Advisory Board Census

Attachment H  Youth Advisory Board Frameworks

Attachment I    Assurances

Attachment J    Exhibit 1 Certification Background Check

Attachment K   Federal Selected Disallowed Expenses

Attachment L   Principles of Child Welfare


Intensive Foster Care Services RFP

The purpose of this RFP is to select multiple Intensive Foster Care Services providers that can satisfy DCS’s need for the statewide provision of Intensive Foster Care and Intensive Respite Care Services. Intensive Foster Care Services are services provided to children with intensive medical, mental, emotional, and/or behavioral needs who may need additional support to ensure placement stability. These services are provided with the goal of preparing the foster parent(s) to provide care and support for the child without the need for additional services from either DCS or other providers.

Deadline for submission is April 17, 2024

Intensive Foster Care Services RFP Addendum #2 Updated 3/6/2024

Intensive Foster Care Services Boilerplate Addendum #2 Updated 3/6/2024

Attachment A – Service Standard Addendum #1 Updated 2/21/2024

Attachment B – Provider Narrative Template

Attachment C – Service Narrative Template

Attachment D – Sample Contract

Attachment E – Principles of Child Welfare Services

Attachment F – Assurances

Attachment G – M/WBE

Attachment H – Q&A Template
DCS Response to Q&A Round 1 Updated 2/21/2024
DCS Response to  Q&A Round  2 Updated 4/5/2024

Attachment I – Cost Proposal Addendum #1 Updated 3/6/2024

Attachment J – Pre-Proposal Network Form
Summary of Submitted Pre-Proposal Network Forms Updated 3/19/2024

Attachment K – Intent to Respond

Attachment L – Attestation Form



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