The Administration for Children and Families

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is the second largest agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, administering more than 60 programs with a $50 billion budget.  ACF is guided by the vision of “children, youth, families, individuals, and communities who are resilient, safe, healthy, and economically secure.” We seek to advance that vision by providing federal leadership, partnership, and resources for the compassionate and effective delivery of human services.  We seek to support national, state, territorial, tribal, and local efforts to strengthen families and communities and promote opportunity and economic mobility. 

The ACF 2015 Strategic Plan describes key action steps that we will take in support of our goals.  


The ACF Response to Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 and its reauthorizations in 2003, 2005, 2008, and 2013 authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to respond to human trafficking through activities including inter-agency collaboration, training and awareness raising, prevention, services and assistance to victims, and research. In September of 2014, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act became a public law, identifying and protecting children and youth at risk of sex trafficking.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is committed to ensuring that victims of all forms of human trafficking – adults and children; foreign nationals, U.S. citizens, and lawful permanent residents; survivors of labor and commercial sexual exploitation – have access to the support they need to foster health and well-being. 

The Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) provides agency leadership on anti-trafficking efforts by coordinating the ACF working group and co-chairing the HHS working group on human trafficking. OTIP also represents the Department of Health and Human Services on Federal inter-agency collaborations including the Senior Policy Operating Group under the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Additionally, OTIP identifies and serves victims of human trafficking, assisting foreign trafficking victims in the United States to become eligible for public benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. The Office raises awareness of human trafficking through the HHS Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking campaign as well.