Organization, Leadership & Staff

Welcome / Bienvenidos

Office of the Regional Administrator

Children's Bureau

Head Start

Office of Child Care

Office of Child Support Enforcement

Office of Family Assistance, TANF Program

Office of Grants Management

 

Region 2 DirectorWelcome
Welcome to the Region II Office of the Administration for Children and Families. As the Regional Administrator, I am pleased to share information about our programs and activities with you. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As our name implies, ACF supports a variety of programs, projects and initiatives designed to improve the lives of children, youth and families.

If you have ever heard about Head Start, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, the Child Care and Development Fund, the Child Support Enforcement or Adoption Assistance programs, Runaway and Homeless Youth, you may already be familiar with our agency. Some of our programs focus on working with people with developmental disabilities, refugees, migrants, children of prisoners, and runaway and homeless youth.

In support of children and their parents, ACF sponsors special family strengthening initiatives highlighting healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood.  Ever mindful that strong, healthy and supportive communities have a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children, ACF works with the public, private and non-profit sectors to achieve good outcomes for children.  Under Emergency Preparedness and Response, ACF Region II partners with FEMA, state government, grantees and Tribes to ensure coordination of essential Human Service programs during disasters. Through the Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, ACF works to remove barriers to the full participation of faith-based and other community services in the delivery of social services.

The goals that are important to our agency - families and individuals becoming self-sufficient, parents taking responsibility for the physical, emotional and financial support of their children, and communities that are safe, healthy and developmentally supportive places for children, youth and families - touch the lives of all who live in the areas that comprise Region II: New Jersey, New York, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Office of the Regional Administrator (ORA):
The Region 2 office is located in New York City, NY and is headed by Regional Administrator Joyce A. Thomas, who reports to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families through the Director of the Office of Regional Operations (ORO). The office:

  • Provides executive leadership and direction to governments and grantees to ensure effective and efficient program management
  • Ensures that these entities conform to federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Exercises all delegated authorities and responsibilities for oversight of the programs

Within ORA, our staff:

  • Directs the development of regional work plans related to the overall ACF strategic plan
  • Tracks, monitors and reports on regional progress in the attainment of ACF national goals and objectives
  • Manages special and sensitive projects
  • Serves as the focal point for public affairs and contacts with the media
  • Assists the regional administrator in the management of cross-cutting initiatives and activities among the regional components

Contact: Joan Clark-Noerling, Program Assistant - joan.noerling@acf.hhs.gov

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Children's Bureau
The Children’s Bureau (CB) Regional Office is headed by a Regional Program Manager who reports to the Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families. Regional staff are responsible for monitoring child welfare programs and providing technical assistance to states and tribes. In addition, staff:

  • Provide programmatic oversight and technical assistance to the Court Improvement Project and Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention grantees
  • Collaborate with ACF CB Central Office, other Regional Offices and other interested parties on all significant program and policy matters

Contact: Junius Scott, Regional Program Manager - junius.scott@acf.hhs.gov

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Head Start
The Head Start Regional Office is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Program Operations Division in the Office of Head Start (OHS).

The Regional Office is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of OHS discretionary programs and for collaborating with OHS State Collaboration Projects on all significant policy matters. Head Start staff oversee the day-to-day management of Head Start grantees and the provision of technical assistance.

Contact: Iran Rodriguez, Regional Program Manager – iran.rodriguez@acf.hhs.gov

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Office of Child Care
The Child Care Regional Office is headed by a Regional Program Manager who reports to the Deputy Director of the Office of Child Care.

Staff are responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of Child Care block and discretionary programs and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Barbara Carlson, Regional Program Manager - barbara.carlson@acf.hhs.gov

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Office of Child Support Enforcement
The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Regional Office is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Deputy Director/Commissioner, OCSE.

Regional staff are responsible for providing program and technical administration of OCSE entitlement and discretionary programs and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states, tribes and other grantees on all significant program and policy matters.

Contact: Jens Feck, Regional Program Manager – jens.feck@acf.hhs.gov

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Office of Family Assistance, TANF Program

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Regional Office is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Director, Office of Family Assistance.

Regional staff are responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of the TANF block grant and collaborating with ACF Central Office, states and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Frank Ceruto, Regional Program Manager –  frank.ceruto@acf.hhs.gov

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Office of Grants Management
The Grants Management Regional Office is headed by the Regional Grants Management Officer and supports the Chief Grants Officer/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration.

Regional staff responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that business and financial responsibilities of grants administration are carried out
  • Managing ACF’s discretionary, formula, entitlement and block grants in the region
  • Directing all grants and cooperative agreements
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable statutes, regulations and policies
  • Performing audit resolutions
  • Providing leadership and technical guidance to ACF programs on grant operations and grants management issue

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Bienvenidos
Region 2 DirectorBienvenidos a la oficina de la Región II de la Administración para Niños y Familias.  Como Administradora Regional  me satisface poder hacer uso de la nueva tecnología para compartir información relacionada a nuestros programas y otras actividades.

La Administración para Niños y Familias (ACF) es parte del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de los Estados Unidos.  Esto significa que la Administración para Niños y Familias sirve de apoyo a una variedad de programas, proyectos e iniciativas diseñadas para mejorar la calidad de vida de los niños, jóvenes y familias.

Si usted ha oído hablar de nuestros programas, tales como:  "Head Start", Asistencia Temporal para Familias Necesitadas, Fondo para el Desarrollo del Cuidado de Niños, Programa para el Sustento de Menores o el Programa de Asistencia para Adopción, Jovenes sin Hogar y Desertores, debe estar familiarizado con nuestra agencia.  Algunos de nuestros programas enfocan su atención en personas con discapacidades, refugiados, migrantes, hijos de prisioneros, y jóvenes desertores y sin hogar. Para llevar a cabo nuestra misión, nuestra agencia trabaja en colaboración con el gobierno estatal y local, organizaciones comunales sin fines de lucro y la industria privada.

En apoyo a los niños y sus padres, la Administración de Niños y Families también auspicia iniciativas especiales dirigidas a fortalecer la familia, tales como:  Matrimonio Saludable y Paternidad Responsable.
Las comunidades que ofrecen el apoyo y el bienestar apropiado tienen un impacto positivo en la calidad de vida y desarrollo de los niños. Por lo tanto, ACF trabaja con los sectores públicos, privados y sin fines de lucro para lograr estos resultados en los niños.

Bajo el programa de Preparación y Respuesta a Emergencias, ACF- Region II  se asocia con FEMA, el gobierno estatal, los beneficiarios y las tribus para asegurar la coordinación de programas de servicios humanos esenciales durante los desastres.  A través de la iniciativa comunitaria basada en la fe, ACF trabaja para eliminar barreras y lograr una mayor participación de los servicios comunitarios

La Administración para Niños y Familias trabaja con otras agencias para asegurar que las familias y cada individuo se tornen auto suficientes, que los padres asuman responsabilidad para el sustento físico, emocional y económico de sus hijos, y que las comunidades sean lugares seguros, con un ambiente saludable para nuestros niños, jóvenes y familias. Nuestra agencia tiene como meta impactar las vidas de todos los que residen en las áreas que comprenden la Región II, New Jersey, New York, Gobierno de Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes estadounidenses.

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