Infόrmate July 2012 Edition
Please take a moment to read through Infόrmate, the Administration for Children and Families’ update for and about the Latino community.
As a leader in your community, we wanted you to know about the agency’s programs and initiatives designed to help people start a path to economic self-sufficiency and to help build successful communities and families. These include job training, child care and Head Start, temporary assistance for families struggling to get back on their feet and other vital human services.
One of our main goals is to be more inclusive of and responsive to the needs of the Latino community. As the agency continues its outreach efforts, we want to hear from you about how our programs are working and what we can do to make them more effective in your towns and neighborhoods.
We need your help. Please read about our efforts to diversify our workforce, expand our grants programs and enhance our outreach efforts. Please drop up us a line, share your ideas, and let us know how we’re doing. Together, we can make this agency more responsive to the needs of all Americans.
George H. Sheldon
Acting Assistant Secretary
for Children and Families
WHAT IS ACF?
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is the key "human services" arm of the Department of Health and Human Services. Through its programs, it touches the daily lives of many vulnerable individuals, families and communities. Its reach extends from cradles to careers, from earliest childhood to independent adulthood. You are probably more familiar with our programs that are administered locally: Head Start, TANF, Children’s Bureau, LIHEAP, Child Support, National Runaway Hotline and several other programs that provide a safety net for millions of Americans. To learn more about ACF take a sneak peak at our new website coming this fall.
Building a stronger partnership with the Hispanic community
ACF took center stage at the 83rd Annual League of United Latin American Citizens Convention and Expo in Orlando, Florida. On June 28, Acting Assistant Secretary George H. Sheldon addressed the membership of the oldest and largest Hispanic civil rights organization during its Unity Luncheon. Sheldon discussed child welfare and economic issues important to Hispanic families, including the vital role ACF plays with unaccompanied immigrant minors in the United States. He received a plaque from LULAC National President Margaret Moran to honor ACF’s work in improving the lives of Latino families.
Head Start: Early is critical
This past spring, an ACF early childhood team visited the Francisco Flores Center’s Migrant Head Start Program in Weslaco, Texas. They saw firsthand how young children of South Texas migrant workers are getting the foundation they need to succeed in school. Read about how the program follows the families during harvest season so that migrant children have consistent early education during their most crucial years of brain development. To learn more about Head Start, which is now run by Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, a former executive director of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association, click here.
Need to find a Head Start Center in your area? Search here.
$4.1 million awarded to communities to help low-income individuals
Grants will help set up savings to buy home, car or college education; dollars to be matched
The communities including Abilene, Tucson, Houston, San Antonio and Oklahoma City will take part in an innovative program by ACF’s Office of Community Services, which is awarding 15 Assets for Independence grants totaling $4.1 million to community organizations and government agencies. Projects will provide low-income individuals and families with access to Individual Development Accounts and financial education. Read about it here.
Interested in working with ACF?
ACF is working hard to enhance the cultural competence of the agency, its employees and its contractors. One sure way to reach that goal is to hire more people from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to increasing diversity in the ACF workforce. We encourage you to apply or to share these jobs vacancies with qualified individuals ready to for a federal career in social services, program management and/or supervisory administration. Here is a list of current vacancies:
• Field Program Specialist (Several positions: Miami, FL - $72,805 to $94,645 and Seattle, WA - $73,420 to $95,444); Position entails working with unaccompanied immigrant children, caseworkers and child care staff. Spanish skills are a requirement. Visit job link: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/321496700
• Field Program Specialist (Several positions: Houston Metro Area, TX $77,579 to $100,851; San Antonio, TX $68,809 to $89,450; Harlingen, TX $68,809 to $89,450; Brownsville, TX $68,809 to $89,450 El Paso, TX $68,809 to $89,450; Chicago Metro Area, IL $75,403 to $98,022; Phoenix, AZ $70,376 to $91,487; Washington DC Metro Area, DC $74,872 to $97,333; Philadelphia Metro Area, PA $77,585 to $100,859; Newark, NJ $77,585 to $100,859; New York, NY $77,585 to $100,859); Position entails working with unaccompanied immigrant children, caseworkers and child care staff. Spanish skills are a requirement. Visit job link: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/317145800
• Technical Advisor (Position in Washington, D.C., - $123,758 to $155,500); Position entails coordinating program operations and initiatives in support of child support enforcement plans, decisions and policy actions. Visit job link: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/321257200
Thank you for taking the time to learn about ACF opportunities. If you would like to sign up to get Infόrmate via email, contact Special Assistant Jesus Garcia in the ACF Office of Public Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.