Common ACF Acronyms

The “alphabet soup” of government acronyms is a well-known frustration — both among the public we serve and federal employees. This page helps you avoid confusion with a break down of acronyms and abbreviations commonly used by the Administration for Children and Families.

The difference between acronyms and abbreviations

Abbreviations are any shortened or contracted word or phrase. For example, writing St. instead of Street, or Rx for prescription, or D.C. for District of Columbia.  Acronyms are a type of abbreviation. They shorten phrases in a specific way— using parts of the initial word or phrase (usually letters) to form an abbreviation. For example, DIY or ASAP.      

Technically, there is a difference between acronyms (abbreviations pronounced as words, like NASA) and initialisms (abbreviations pronounced as letters, like FBI) but to keep things simple, we refer to both as acronyms since “acronym” is the more common term. 

Office Names

ACF Administration for Children and Families
Administración para los Niños y las Familias
ANA Administration for Native Americans
Administración para los Nativos Americanos
ACYF Administration on Children, Youth and Families
Administración para los Niños, los Jóvenes y la Familia
CB Children’s Bureau
Oficina para los Niños
ECD Early Childhood Development
Coordinación Interinstitucional para el Desarrollo en la Primera Infancia
FYSB Family and Youth Services Bureau
Oficina de Servicios para la Familia y la Juventud
OCSE Office of Child Support Enforcement
Oficina de Cumplimiento de Manutención de Menores
OCS Office of Community Services
Oficina de Servicios a la Comunidad
OFA Office of Family Assistance
Oficina de Asistencia Familiar
OCC Office of Child Care
Oficina para el Cuidado de Menores
OHS Office of Head Start
Oficina de Head Start
OHSEPR Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response
Oficina de Preparación y Respuesta para Casos de Emergencias en Servicios Humanos
OLAB Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget
Oficina de Asuntos Legislativos y Presupuesto
OPRE Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Oficina de Planificación, Investigación y Evaluación
ORO Office of Regional Operations
Oficina de Operaciones Regionales
ORR Office of Refugee Resettlement
Oficina de Reasentamiento de Refugiados
OTIP Office on Trafficking in Persons
Oficina sobre la Trata de Personas

Commonly Used Acronyms

ACA Affordable Care Act
La Ley del Cuidado de Salud
DLL Dual Language Learner
Niños que Aprenden en Dos Idiomas
FCC Family Child Care
Cuidado Infantil
FY Fiscal Year
Año Fiscal
HHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos
IDA Individual Development Account
Cuenta de Ahorro Individual
LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual
Lesbiano, Homosexual, Bisexual, Transexual
MOE Maintenance of Effort
El Mantenimiento
SAC State Advisory Council
El Consejo Estatal de Asesoría
T/TA Training Assistance
Asistencia de Capacitación
TA Technical Assistance
Asistencia Técnica
UC Unaccompanied Children
Niños no Acompañados


Commonly Used Terms

A list of commonly used words and their Spanish translation.

  • Act - Ley
  • Adoption - Adopción
  • Child Abuse - Abuso de Niños
  • Child Care - Cuidado de los Niños
  • Child Support - Manutención de los Hijos
  • Disorder - Trastorno
  • Domestic Violence - Violencia Domestica
  • Early Head Start - Cuidado Infantil
  • Fatherhood - Paternidad
  • Foster Care - Orfanato
  • Early Childhood – La Primaria Infancia
  • Healthy Marriage - Matrimonio Saludable
  • Homeless Youth - Jóvenes sin hogar
  • Human Services - Servicios Humanos
  • Human Trafficking - Trata de Personas
  • Teen Pregnancy - Embarazo Adolescente
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