Freedom of Information Act

What is FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government.

Learn more: FOIA Frequently Asked Questions.

Please visit the ACF Electronic Reading Room for more information on our Annual Reports, Most Frequently Requested Records, and Grant Examples.

Join us for the second ACF FOIA requester roundtable on Monday, June 16 from 1- 2 pm EST.

Submit a FOIA Request

If you are unable to locate the information you are looking for online, submit a FOIA Request.

Did you know…

That you can request immigration records of unaccompanied alien children directly from the ACF Office of Refugee Resettlement?

FOIA Facts

  • Although government-wide FOIA backlogs rose in 2013, ACF’s dropped by 34%.
  • In 2013, the Department of Homeland Security received the most FOIA requests: 231,534.  About 10,000 of these were for immigration records. 
  • All 50 states have freedom of information laws.
  • As of September 2013, 95 countries worldwide have some form of nationwide right-to-know law. In 1990, the number of such countries was 14. 
  • The United States was the third nation to enact a public information law. The first was Sweden, in 1766.

ACF FOIA Contact Information

Administration for Children and Families
FOIA Office
7th Floor East
Aerospace Building
370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, DC 20447
Phone Number: 1-888-747-1861
Fax Number: (202) 401-4829
Email Address:

ACF FOIA Officer: Kimberly N. Epstein

ACF FOIA Specialist: Jean McPherson

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