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Children's Bureau Approves Nation's First Family First Prevention Plan

District of Columbia's plan becomes the first in the nation submitted to and approved by the Children’s Bureau
October 30, 2019

Children’s Bureau announces the approval of the District of Columbia's Child and Family Services Agency Title IV-E Prevention Program Five-Year Plan: “Putting Families First in DC” as the country's first Family First Prevention Plan under the Family First Prevention Services Act.

National annual foster care and adoption data show the number of children in foster care, although still very high, dropped for the first year since 2011. The number of children achieving permanency through adoption increased for the fourth year in a row to its highest level ever. And the number of children entering foster care dropped for the second year in a row after going up every year since 2013.

New funding announced for primary child maltreatment prevention and community-based partnerships

Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families Funding Announcement
September 30, 2019

Today, the Children’s Bureau within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children, Youth and Families, announced the first year of a five year award of nearly $25 million to nine community-based projects to help prevent child maltreatment and reduce entries into foster care.

HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) today issued guidance to state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) agencies regarding the reimbursement obligations of sponsors of non-citizens and procedures for recovering TANF funds from non-citizen sponsors.

As part of an ongoing campaign to encourage dads to play an active role in their children’s lives, HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in collaboration with NASCAR and World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) released a series of new public service announcements (PSAs) with the theme “Make a moment. Dance Like a Dad.”

New memorandum encourages the development of child support employment services

The goal of the program is to improve the collection of child support payments among noncustodial parents
July 23, 2019

Today, the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families publishes an information memorandum encouraging state and tribal child support agencies to consider applying for a funding and regulatory waiver to help create employment services for noncustodial parents struggling to make child support payments due to unemployment or underemployment.

12 recipients of the 2018 Adoption Excellence Awards announced by the Children’s Bureau at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families

National foster care and adoption data show the number of children in foster care, and children waiting to be adopted, has increased. While the number of children in foster care has increased for the last five years, the magnitude of each annual increase is becoming smaller, and the numbers of children achieving permanency through adoption has increased for the third year in a row.

New research shows that healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood programs administered by HHS’ Administration for Children and Families have positive outcomes.

The new fatherhood videos highlight the big impacts that come from small moments shared by fathers and their children. SoulPancake, an award-winning digital media company, created the videos in partnership with HHS’ Administration for Children and Families, the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, and the Ad Council.