Administration for Children and Families (ACF) (Federal Agency Profiles)
PARENT ORGANIZATION: Department of Health and Human Services
ESTABLISHED: April 18, 1991
ADDRESS: 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW Washington, DC 20447
PHONE: (202) 401-9200
ASSISTANT SECRETARY: Olivia Golden
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The mission of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is to promote the economic selfsufficiency of families and the well-being of children. Since the ACF was created in 1991 by merging the Family Support Administration and the Office of Human Development, its mission has been focused on moving families from financial support programs to financial independence.
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is a cabinet-level department of the executive branch of the federal government. The ACF is overseen by an assistant secretary who is nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. ACF administrative offices include the Office of Public Affairs, which produces public information, publications, and educational materials, and the Office of State Systems, which...
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Administration for Children and Families (Encyclopedia of Public Health)
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ACF's responsibilities include public welfare, renamed "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" or TANF in 1996 by welfare reform legislation; Head Start, providing early child development for children of low-income families; child support enforcement, assisting states with paternity establishment and child support collection systems; child protection, family preservation, foster care, and adoption assistance, supporting states with their child-welfare responsibilities; refugee resettlement; and programs for the developmentally disabled, Native American economic development, low-income community development, social services, and energy assistance for low-income families.
JAMES A. HARRELL
(SEE ALSO: United States Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS]; United States Public Health Service [USPHS])