Administration on Children, Youth and Families

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The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) oversees major federal programs that support:

  • Social services that promote the positive growth and development of children, youth and their families
  • Protective services and shelter for children and youth in at-risk situations
  • Adoption for children with special needs

These programs provide financial assistance to states, community-based organizations, and academic institutions to provide services, carry out research and demonstration activities, and manage training, technical assistance and information dissemination.

Organization & Leadership

A commissioner appointed by the President leads the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF).

ACYF is divided into two bureaus responsible for different issues involving children, youth and families and a crosscutting unit charged with research and evaluation.  Each bureau has an associate commissioner.

In addition, the United States and its territories are divided into 10 regions, each having an office responsible for ACYF programs located in that region.

Explore the ACYF bureau pages: