ACF stands for the Administration for Children and Families, which is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ACF is responsible for promoting the economic and social well-being of children, families, and communities through various programs and initiatives. Here are some key areas that ACF focuses on:
- Child welfare: ACF supports states and tribes in their efforts to promote child safety and well-being, prevent child abuse and neglect, and support families in crisis. ACF’s child welfare programs include the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program, and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).
- Head Start and Early Childhood Development: ACF’s Office of Head Start provides funding and support to local organizations to provide comprehensive early childhood education, health, and family support services to low-income families with young children. ACF also supports research and evaluation of early childhood programs and initiatives.
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF): ACF administers the TANF program, which provides cash assistance and supportive services to low-income families with children. TANF also supports programs that promote work and self-sufficiency, such as job training and education.
- Child care: ACF works to promote access to high-quality child care for families with low incomes. ACF administers the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) program, which provides funding to states to support child care subsidies for eligible families and to improve the quality of child care programs.
- Community Services Block Grant (CSBG): ACF administers the CSBG program, which provides funding to local organizations to support a range of services to low-income families and individuals, including job training, education, housing, and emergency assistance.
These are just a few examples of the programs and initiatives that ACF supports. ACF’s work is guided by the principles of promoting self-sufficiency, strengthening families, and supporting community development.