Families

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New ACYF Projects Promote Integrated Approach in Child Welfare

ACYF funds grants, cooperative agreements, and demonstration projects to promote social and emotional well-being, along with safety and permanency, for children and youth who come to the attention of the child welfare system.

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Expanding ECE Services for Homeless Children

More than 1.6 million children in the United States live on the streets or in homeless shelters. The Administration for Children and Families is providing resources for ways to look at how Head Start and child care providers can increase early care and education services for children who are homeless.

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Fewer Child Abuse and Neglect Incidents for Fifth Straight Year

Work continues to coordinate efforts among federal, state and local agencies to focus on child maltreatment prevention.

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Joyce Thomas, along with state and federal officials, visit a child care center that was affected by the storm.

The Recovery Has Just Begun

From bringing back Head Start and child care centers online, to providing immediate disaster case management, to ensuring the timely delivery of human services, Region 2 staff are on the frontline of a disaster whose recovery has just begun.

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Reform continues: Head Start grant applicants under review

More than 500 applications received are now under competitive review by panels.

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Choctaw Nation opens its child care center in Durant, Okla. Several community leaders pose for a ribbon cutting in front of the new facility.

Native American Tribes receive grants to improve early childhood program coordination

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Confederate Salish & Kootenai Tribes, Pueblo San Felipe and White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians will participate in the Tribal Early Learning Initiative

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Ocean County Community Economic Action Now Head Start leaders in New Jersey meet to discuss recovery efforts with Office of Head Start Director Yvette Sanchez Fuentes.

Working Together to Support Communities Impacted by Superstorm Sandy

Head Start centers in New York and New Jersey are opening their doors to their communities and helping put lives back together.

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Mother and adopted daughter in the kitchen, with a tagline that reads "you don't have to be perfect to be a perfect parent."

‘You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be a Perfect Parent’ to Adopt a Teen from Foster Care

During National Adoption Month, adults are being asked to consider opening their hearts and homes to one of the 14,000 teens between the ages of 14 and 16 in foster care.

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Red Cross nurses at the Nassau Community College shelter explain to Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon and Michelle Davis, Region II Health Administrator, the care needs of families.

Serving Families After the Storm

ACF leadership visits New York and New Jersey to survey affected programs and meets with local officials who are ready to rebuild.

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Resources for Children and Youth During or After a Disaster

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration Disaster Technical Assistance Center has put together a resource list for the disaster behavioral health needs of children and youth, related organizations, and tips for parents, caregivers, and teachers as they help their children recover from a disaster or childhood trauma.

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