By Rachel Maisler, Office of Communications
This spring, the Administration for Children and Families is celebrating 25 years of impacting people, affecting change and empowering families. When you do the math, the impact of ACF’s children’s programs really adds up. Programs, like the ones highlighted below, have impacted the lives of millions of children and empowered their families over the last two and a half decades.
- Since 1991, the Children’s Bureau has implemented three national data reporting systems to collect data on child abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption, and the transition of youth aging out of foster care. This data collection helps the government understand the system’s dynamics and has laid the foundation for outcome-focused monitoring, quality improvement, and evidence-based practices.
- In 2014, ACF’s adolescent teen pregnancy prevention programs were implemented in all 50 states and seven territories. The program’s services are targeted to vulnerable populations up to age 21. The grantee projects have served over 430,000 youth participants.
- Since 1995, more than 14,000 runway youth have been reunited with their families through a free bus ticket program with the National Runaway Safeline and Greyhound Bus.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline celebrated its 20th anniversary in February 2016. Over the last 20 years, more than 3.8 million people have received help from the Hotline and “loveisrespect” around issues of domestic and dating violence.
- Each year, more than one million children are served by Head Start and Early Head Start.
- In 2015, ACF launched the Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance System to bring together resources from Head Start, child care, and health partners. ACF launched six National Centers to promote excellence through high quality, practical resources and approaches to build early childhood programs, and promote consistent practices across the country.
- Working in partnership with grantee states, tribes, and territories, the Office of Child Care has used billions of dollars in Child Care Development Funds to support parents who are working, in school, or job searching. OCC’s work allows parents to stay in jobs that help move them toward economic stability while providing children with programs and teachers that will lead toward healthy development and school success.
As we look toward the next quarter century, we hope to be able to continue affecting change and helping millions of more children and families.