ACF Issues

ACF programs and services address the needs, strengths, and abilities of communities and special populations including Native Americans and refugees. The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. Empower families and individuals to increase their economic independence and productivity.

Child welfare is a continuum of services designed to ensure that children are safe and that families have the necessary support to care for their children successfully. ACF provides funding and technical assistance to state/tribal child welfare programs and grantees to promote positive outcomes for children and families.

We support the development and well-being of children and youth by funding programs that provide quality child care and early childhood education, child abuse and teen pregnancy prevention, and runaway and homeless youth services.

ACF works with states and community organizations to promote the economic and social well-being of communities through a range of capacity-building, educational, and supportive programs.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has a clear goal to build a more just and equitable nation with systems that treat everyone with fairness.  Fairness requires that we meet our communities where they are and not where we want them to be.  We must level the playing field and we know that we cannot do this critical work without you.   

We are committed to strengthening internal and external coordination, collaboration, and communication across ACF and with federal partners around early childhood to improve the health and well-being of young children and their families.

ACF provides disaster human services expertise to grantees, partners, and stakeholders during preparedness, response, and recovery operations for emergency and disaster events.


ACF programs and services help families lead economically and socially productive lives.

We oversee programs for short-term financial security, providing supports for working families, as well as education and training that promote economic mobility.


ACF offers funding for a variety of competitive and mandatory grant programs to social service organizations at the state, local, and tribal levels that serve families, children, individuals and communities. 

Factoring in the physical, mental, and emotional health that impact the economic and social well-being of vulnerable children, families, and communities is critical to our mission.

Homelessness is a complex issue, but one we are determined to solve. Together, with our federal partners, ACF is committed to finding meaningful solutions for the individuals, children and families we serve.


We make sure victims of human trafficking have access to the support needed to foster health and well-being.


ACF supports effective and efficient data sharing necessary to attain large-scale operational efficiencies and to improve outcomes for those we serve.

We link populations newly arrived to the United States with critical resources to help them become integrated members of American society.

ACF studies our programs and the populations they serve. Rigorous research and evaluation projects are published regularly. These include evaluations of existing programs as well as new, innovative approaches to helping low-income children and families.

We are committed to being stewards of federal tax dollars, while giving our state and local partners flexibility to help families overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. 

ACF is committed to working with tribal nations and Indigenous communities across the United States to improve the economic and social well-being of children and families.  ACF oversees more than 60 programs that empower families and communities, improve access to an array of services, and build strong and healthy communities. ACF’s discretionary and mandatory programs award more than $1 Billion each year to tribes, tribal organizations, and Native American organizations.  Visit the Tribal Affairs page for more information.

ACF applies a whole-family approach to its efforts that promote and advance creating opportunities for and addressing the needs of both children and their parents to help break the cycle of poverty.

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