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 through a range of programs.   ACF’s programs serve a wide variety of groups, including individuals and families with low income, refugees, Native Americans, and many others.

To carry out its mission, ACF awards grants to state and local governments, non-profit groups, faith and community-based organizations, American Indian tribes, and Native American communities.  ACF provides technical assistance, guidance, and overall supervision to grant recipients that, in turn, are responsible for direct delivery of services around the world every single day.

Vision, Mission & Values

Read about the vision, mission and values of the Administration for Children and Families.

ACF Strategic Plan

The ACF Strategic Plan cascades from the Department of Health and Human Services' Strategic Goals, provides additional detail, and articulates ACF’s priorities, strategies, and specific objectives within this broader context.


The Assistant Secretary supervises the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, who oversees the 18 offices within ACF. Each 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.


The Administration for Children and Families is comprised of 18 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 $51 billion, making it the second largest agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Jobs and Contracts

Interested in a career with ACF? 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.  View open vacancy announcements on www.usajobs.gov.


ACF strives to be a model employer, with a culture that values fairness, diversity and inclusion in the workforce.  Learn more about our employment policies.