Youth

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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National Adoption Month

More than 104,000 children and youth in foster care in this country are waiting for permanent families. Learn how social media is promoting adoption throughout the country.

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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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Acting Assistant Secretary George Sheldon and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius pose with children from the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Child Care. The children are dressed in traditional Native American style.

Experiencing the Rich Culture of America’s First People

ACF leadership reflects on program outreach in Indian Country, spotlighting a recent trip to Native American communities in South Dakota. 

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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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OCC Director Shannon Rudisill and Tenderheart ChildCare and Preschool Founder Angie Hogan

Child Care Centers Increase Physical Activity and Good Nutrition Practices

Read how Oregon child care provider Tenderheart Childcare and Preschool has the set the standard across the state by incorporating more physical activity and better nutrition practices for children in care.

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New Adoption and Foster Care Data Continues Positive Trends with Caseload Decline

ACF released its most recent Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, or AFCARS report, which includes some encouraging statistics about child welfare in the United States.

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Creating Successful Transitions for LGBT Youth

The transition from being dependent on parents and family for most of our resources and support, to being independent and embracing the autonomy of adulthood is a challenging journey that everyone must face eventually.  For some teenagers and young adults, that transition is even more difficult because home is an unsafe place.

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