News and Advocacy Alerts

Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes Funding Opportunity Announcement Now Available

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) announces the release of the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Homes (MGH) funding opportunity announcement (FOA). All applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. eastern on April 5, 2019.

TLP and MGH grant programs are to implement, enhance, and/or support effective strategies for successful transition to sustainable living for runaway and homeless youth ages 16 to under 22 and/or pregnant and parenting youth ages 16 to under 22 and their dependent child(ren). Through the provision of shelter and an array of comprehensive services, TLP youth will realize improvements in four core outcome areas (i.e., safe and stable housing, education/employment, permanent connections, and social and emotional well-being.) Grants awarded under this announcement will have a start date of May 1, 2018 and the project period will be 41 months. The initial award will be for 17 months and run from May 1, 2018 through September 29, 2019.

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-CX-1352

Anticipated number of awards: 63

Application Due Date: April 5, 2018

Read the TLP FOA here:

Your Network is Here to Help

Organizational Development members may sign up for grant support and review services now at: 

The overview and preparation webinar will be released to NSPN members with the Organizational Development package on March 1. Weekly support calls for TLP funding proposals will begin on Thursday, March 1st at 3:00 p.m. EST.  Please visit your NSPN Member Support Center to access call-in details. If you have questions or need assistance regarding weekly calls or other support services, please contact April Carthorn at

These benefits are included with your Organizational Development membership at no additional cost.

NSPN does not offer fee-for-service reviews and is proud to provide benefits exclusively to its members. If you would like to verify your membership status or add the Organizational Development package, contact your membership team at


Funding Opportunity Announced to Expand Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment and Recovery Services to Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth and Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families grant program (Short Title: Youth and Family TREE).  The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18), transitional aged youth (ages 16-25), and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.

The Anticipated total funding amount is $14,616,450 for this grant award and at least $5 million will be awarded to federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes/tribal organizations.  SAMHSA anticipates making 27 awards for up to $541,350 per year for a maximum of five years.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  Applicants must send the Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) to their appropriate State and local health agencies – their Single State Point of Contact.

Eligibility: SAMHSA seeks to further expand access and the geographical distribution, as well as reduce duplication, of its adolescent programs.  Therefore, grant recipients funded under TI-16-006 FY 2016 Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation and TI-17-002 FY 2017 Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. See the full grant announcement for details.

For program information, contact: Ramon Bonzon, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Division of Services Improvement, SAMHSA,  (240) 276-2975,

The full grant opportunity announcement is here.


Don't Miss Focus 2018: "Heart of the Matter"

NSPN's national conference, Focus 2018: "Heart of the Matter," will take place July 18-20, 2018 at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY. Pre-conference institutes will be offered on Tuesday, July 17.

Focus 2018 provides opportunities for youth and youth service professionals from across the country to network and share ideas, experiences, and knowledge. The theme, “Heart of the Matter,” emphasizes why our work is important, and highlights the launch of the NSPN campaign to provide a digital canvas for youth to share their stories through art.

Register today at: Early bird registration ends March 31.

Click here to register now.
Early bird registration discounts end March 31.

To learn more about the conference, including tracks, pre-conference institutes, and the event hotel, please visit:

Focus 2018 Call For Presenters

Are you an expert in the youth and services field and interested in sharing your knowledge to a wide variety of youth and family service providers from around the country? Join us at Focus 2018 “Heart of the Matter” as a workshop presenter. Check out the conference tracks here. The deadline to submit workshop proposals is March 2, 2018.

Click here to submit your workshop proposal.

NSPN Participates in Hanes for Good Sock Drive

Socks and underwear are often the most requested items by people experiencing homelessness, as they are much needed items that help provide warmth and protection. Hanes wants to leverage this connection to help even more people in need. Hanes has expanded the Hanes for Good program and selected National Safe Place Network (NSPN) as a partner agency, with the goal of developing a long-term partnership. Thanks to Hanes, NSPN will provide 2,500 socks and 500 pairs of underwear for youth in crisis, at the time they are needed the most. NSPN will distribute them to the over 130 licensed Safe Place agencies serving youth across the United States.

“We are grateful to Hanes for leading the sock drive and recognizing the value of investing in our young people,” said Laurie Jackson, NSPN’s President and CEO. “A clean pair of socks can have a tremendous impact on youth experiencing homelessness or who have run away and are an essential part of outreach and basic care for youth in crisis.”

Read more about the partnership at



National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

By Presidential Proclamation, January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. DHS employees can take a stand against human trafficking by recommitting ourselves to the fight to end human trafficking in the United States. But you don’t have to be a homeland security professional to combat human trafficking.  This month, learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, ( and where to report suspected instances. Youth need your help to end trafficking in your community. 

Tips and Resources

Tips for Keeping Children and Youth Safe

Infographic 1: What is Human Trafficking?

Infographic 2: There are Different Types of Human Trafficking

Infographic 3: What Can You Do to Stop Human Trafficking?

Keeping children and youth safe online – What does that Acronym Mean?

Keeping children and youth safe in ‘real life’

Recognizing the Signs

Having the Conversation

How to Talk to Your Kids about Human Trafficking

A Sample Conversation with A Young Person

Chatting About Chatting

Talking through Video: You are More

Research and Statistics

The Teen Brain: Under Construction

The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

Brain Maturity Extends Well Beyond Teen Years

My Immature Brain Made Me Do It?

How Data Helps Address Human Trafficking

Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ Human Trafficking Victims

Book Review Resource: Survivors of Slavery

Study: Labor and Sex Trafficking Among Homeless Youth

Meet Alex: How Homelessness Increases Young People's Vulnerabilities to Trafficking

Meeting Survivors and Anti-Human Trafficking Organizations

One Survivor's Story Through a Five-part Blog Post (Carmen's Story Part I)

One Survivor’s Story Through a Five-part Blog Post (Carmen's Story Part II)

One Survivor’s Story Through a Five-part Blog Post (Carmen's Story Part III)

One Survivor’s Story Through a Five-part Blog Post (Carmen's Story Part IV)

One Survivor’s Story Through a Five-part Blog Post (Carmen's Story Part V)

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST): Ending modern slavery through education, advocacy, and empowering survivors of human trafficking. (video)

CAST Pro Bono Training Program

National Survivors Network

National Campaign Raises Awareness Among Latino and Hispanic Populations

Resources to Help You End Trafficking


This framework is the name given to National Safe Place Network’s (NSPN) approach on how to recognize, respect and respond to victims and survivors of human trafficking (sex, labor, DMST, CSEC and other variants).

The framework is meant to complement well researched, existing curricula while filling gaps that seem to exist in linking reactions and responses to strength-based and trauma-informed practices.

From 2013-2017, NSPN received supplemental funding to bring HTR3 to RHY grantees.


Recognizing the signs of human trafficking, domestic minor sex trafficking, and commercial sexual exploitation of children during outreach activities, intakes, and ongoing services to youth.

Recognizing the need to ensure that all staff are trained in appropriate and effective methods for validating the status of a youth regarding trafficking while maintaining safety for the youth, staff, and the program.

Recognizing the need for education and prevention programming to decrease the risk for RHY.


Respect youth victims/survivors by focusing on strengths and opportunities to engage youth in change efforts.

Respect the role of other entities (social services, law enforcement, the judicial system and local coalitions) in addressing the issues at a micro and macro level.

Respect the impact the experiences of being trafficked/exploited may have had on the youth and the need for trauma-informed services.


Respond to youth needs with evidence-based practices and trauma-informed approaches.

Respond rather than react to the nature of the events that lead youth to seek assistance.

Respond to the impact of service provision on staff by ensuring strong professional support and development activities.

Respond to community prevention and intervention needs by linking RHY programs to resources and human trafficking coalitions and/or rescue and restore efforts.

Respond to gaps in services by working with community coalitions to address missing resources.

Blue Campaign Shoe Cards

Blue Campaign Tear Cards

First Responder Cards

Sample Social Media Posts


Someone asking you for a pic? Make sure you’re in control. Here are some things to think about and ways to say NO while saving face. #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

The internet is a powerful tool for bringing people together, but can also be used to harm or take advantage of children and youth. Check out this resource guide, and learn how to help protect the youth. #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking

Traffickers are known to lure children through websites and social media apps. Learn how to spot warning signs to keep children and youth safe. #ChildTrafficking #WatchForTrafficking


Is your child on Snapchat? Check out app safety tips. #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Easy & funny ways to say NO when they ask for a pic. #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Learn how to protect the children and youth in your life. #WatchForTrafficking #ChildTrafficking

Click here to view a full list of sample social media posts for Facebook and Twitter.


 View 2016 NSHTPM Campaign Resources

View 2017 NSHTPM Campaign Resources

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