Taking Action on Racial Equity

Amid the ongoing national discussion on race equity in our country—instances of inequality range from the obvious to less overtly discriminatory policies and belief systems. At ACF, we intend to do our part to build a more just and equitable nation with systems that treat everyone with fairness; that is why race equity is a priority of our agency and addressing race equity is an essential step in sparking meaningful societal change.

ACF promotes the well-being of families and children to be resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure, and we are taking action to foster racial and ethnic equity within our agency and our programs. As called for by the Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government Visit disclaimer page , ACF will pursue a robust approach to advancing equity across our programs and processes, with a focus on people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. This will include careful reviews of our policies, messaging, grant-making, procurement, human resources, and other processes, leading to thoughtful planning and action. Additionally, we value ongoing learning opportunities to understand the harm the federal government has caused to historically underserved, marginalized communities, as well as the positive role the federal government has played.

As we work to advance this critical mission, we affirm the values outlined in the Executive Order.  We recognize that our diversity — the experiences and identity of our ACF staff, grantees, contractors, and the people we serve — is one of our greatest strengths.