Foster care

Photo of the Steele couple with their eight children.

The Steele Family

Ten years ago when Dana and Alan Steele decided to pursue adoption, they never dreamed their family of five would grow to a family of 14.

Photo of the Spigner family, showing three sons and a father.

The Spigner Family

A young professional opens his heart and creates a family for three teenage boys.

A 5-year-old boy picks from10 to 20 pounds of cotton a day, circa 1916 (Library of Congress)

Revisiting Children’s Bureau History to Move Forward

By remembering its history, the Children's Bureau will help carve a path for its future.

Photo of a dad and mom with their little girl in the middle, raising their hands outside in a park.

Adoption Excellence Awards Announced

Children’s Bureau spotlights agencies, organizations, courts, individuals and families who help increase adoption from foster care in the United States

President John F. Kennedy and Katherine Brownell Oettinger, Chief of the Children’s Bureau. (Abbie Rowe, White House Photographs, JFK Presidential Library & Museum, Boston)

The Children’s Bureau’s Tradition of Leadership

History of agency's leaders detailed in new e-book "The Children's Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood."

Photo of Marco, Anthony and John at a Family Equality Council event.

ACF Employee Talks About Becoming A Child’s Forever Family

Gay dads’ research leads to a forever family for Baby Anthony

Cover of "The Children's Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood" with sihoulette images of parents and children in a playground.

Children's Bureau Launches Historical E-Book

A new e-book recounts the Children Bureau's efforts that set the foundation for today's programs for children and families.

Photo of a mother and daughter baking cookies in the kitchen.

November is National Adoption Month

Since 1990, our nation has dedicated the month of November to raise public awareness of children in the U.S. foster care system waiting for a permanent adoptive home.

Photo of a child's crayon drawing of a family.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Employee Shares Her Foster Care Experience

In the last 12 years, 11 children have called the Rollins Household their home.

Photo of the Castillo Family sitting in their living room.

Meet The Castillo Family

Adoptive parents share their experiences of family traditions, vacations and welcome dinners bestowed on each child who enters the Castillo home.

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