What We Do

The Children’s Bureau (CB) partners with federal, state, tribal and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families. With an annual budget of almost $8 billion, the Children’s Bureau provides support and guidance to programs that focus on:

  • Strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Protecting children when abuse or neglect has occurred
  • Ensuring that every child and youth has a permanent family or family connection

The Children’s Bureau seeks to improve outcomes in the following key areas:

  • Safety—Preventing  and responding to maltreatment of children
  • Permanency—Stabilizing children’s living situations and preserving family relationships and connections
  • Well-Being—Enhancing families’ capacity to meet their children’s physical, mental health and educational needs

To achieve our goals, we participate in a variety of projects, including:

  • Providing guidance on federal law, policy and program regulations
  • Funding essential services, helping states and tribes operate every aspect of their child welfare systems
  • Supporting innovation through competitive, peer-reviewed grants for research and program development
  • Offering training and technical assistance to improve child welfare service delivery
  • Monitoring child welfare services to help states and tribes achieve positive outcomes for children and families
  • Sharing research to help child welfare professionals improve their services

Last Reviewed: June 19, 2015