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  • About

    What We Do

    The Administration for Children & Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities with funding, strategic partnerships, guidance, training and technical assistance.

    Vision, Mission & Values

    ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities who are resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure. Learn more about ACF's vision, mission and values.


    Each ACF office has its own director or commissioner who ensures that the activities of the office support ACF’s mission of promoting the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities.


    ACF is comprised of 19 offices including the Office of Regional Operations, which represents 10 regional offices around the country.


    ACF administers more than 60 programs with a budget of more than $53 billion, making it the second largest agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    Freedom of Information Act

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.


    ACF strives to make informed policy decisions and become a model employer, with a culture that values fairness, diversity and inclusion in the workforce. 


    Interoperability refers to the ability of two or more systems or components to exchange information and use it to make better decisions. The term is often used in a technical sense but also takes into account social, political, and organizational factors that impact performance.

    Jobs & Contracts

    Interested in working for or with ACF? As a component of HHS, working with us gives you the opportunity to positively impact the health and well-being of people here at home and around the world every single day.

    Contact Us

    A list helpful ACF contact information including our program and regional offices and state and local agencies who help us carry out our mission.


    The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) was created on April 15, 1991, following the merger of the Office of Human Development Services, the Family Support Administration, and the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program. Learn more about ACF's history.

    Last Reviewed: July 22, 2016
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