About ACYF

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.

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Organization and Leadership

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 appointed by the President. 

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.

ACYF's senior leadership role is nominated by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate. Amanda Barlow currently serves as the acting commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF).