Foster care

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."

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Photo of Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner JooYeun Chang.

Innovation in Child Welfare Continues with 8 New Title IV-E Waiver Demonstrations

New York, District of Columbia, Tennessee, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska and Rhode Island given flexibility with foster care funds to spur innovation.

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Two New Reports Describe Patterns of Children’s Experiences in Child Welfare System

Data used comes from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, a longitudinal study about the children who come in contact with the child welfare system

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Photo of Traci Lucien and her daughter Talynn.

Meet The Lucien Family

For Traci Lucien of Laurel, Maryland, the bond she formed with her adopted daughter took place before they ever met.

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The Lucky Ones: Dolores and John Groves-Marshall

Adopting children with disabilities completes a family in Killeen, Texas.

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