Administration for Children and Families

Administration for Children and Families

Children, youth, families, individuals and communities who are resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure


To foster health and well-being by providing federal leadership, partnership and resources for the compassionate and effective delivery of human services


  • Dedication…to promoting hope and opportunity for those in need of human services
  • Excellence…in our performance, exemplified by innovations and solutions that are anchored in available evidence, build knowledge and transcend boundaries
  • Professionalism…in the manner in which we provide services, the attitude we bring, the relationships we build, and our commitment to the mission of the Administration for Children and Families
  • Integrity…of the Administration for Children and Families as an organization, personified in ethical conduct by each of us
  • Stewardship…of the resources entrusted to us by the people of the United States and accountability for and transparency in our actions as public servants
  • Respect…for those we serve, with whom we work and with whom we partner
What We Do

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.

ACF programs aim to:

  • Empower families and individuals to increase their economic independence and productivity
  • Encourage strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on quality of life and the development of children
  • Create partnerships with front-line service providers, states, localities and tribal communities to identify and implement solutions that transcend traditional program boundaries
  • Improve access to services through planning, reform and integration
  • Address the needs, strengths and abilities of vulnerable populations including people with developmental disabilities, refugees and migrants