The mission of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to promote the economic and social well-being of children, youth, families, and communities, focusing particular attention on vulnerable populations such as children in low-income families, refugees, Native Americans, and individuals with developmental disabilities. ACF administers programs carried out by state, territorial, county, city, and tribal governments as well as by private, non¬profit, and community- and faith-based organizations designed to meet the needs of a diverse cross-section of society.
The FY 2011 President’s Budget request for the Administration for Children and Families, including both mandatory (pre-appropriated and entitlement) and discretionary programs, is $58.8 billion in budget authority – an increase of $7.5 billion above the FY 2010 enacted level. Addressing critical needs in this period of high unemployment, this budget invests significantly in early childhood education, strategies to promote employment, and financial support for our most vulnerable children and families.
The FY 2011 discretionary budget request is $17.5 billion, an increase of $144 million over the FY 2010 enacted level.