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ACF Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson

Healthy Marriage & Fatherhood Programs Make a Difference

Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson discusses ACF's efforts to support healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood.

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Children and Families find a “Home at Head Start”

Research finds that the stresses of family homelessness can affect a child’s well-being: delaying developmental milestones, compromising health and social/emotional regulation, and making it harder for them to enter school ready for the joys of learning. Head Start’s comprehensive services approach addresses each child’s need, whether it’s a doctor or dentist visit, assessing learning delays, or helping parents set bedtime routines in a shelter.

Lynn Johnson talking to group of participants

Addressing Family Homelessness

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently completed the final of ten listening sessions on the subject of family homelessness, one in each of the ten federal regions.

5 female disaster relief personnel

After the Fire: OHSEPR Connects Disaster Displaced Families to Human Services

OHSEPR continues to support families displaced from Paradise by the 2018 Camp Fire by working in partnerships across ACF and HHS.

NFCM 2019 Campaign Photo – Multiple Families

Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents

Illustrates how supportive networks can strengthen families and improve outcomes for children and families involved with foster care

Teens Showing Their Awareness

Strengthen Family Relationships to Prevent Teen Dating Violence

Healthy parent-child relationships and communities help prevent future dating violence. Post highlights comprehensive responses to youth-serving organizations.

ACF leadership with Strong Families Commission Incorporated leadership and staff.

Putting Fathers and Families at the Center of ACF Programs

ACF is increasing its commitment to putting fathers and families at the center of our work by promoting engagement across all of our programs and doing more to support fathers in becoming more involved in their children's lives.

Father with his arm lovingly around his teenaged son's shoulder.

It's No Accident: Supporting Kinship Connections, Supporting Success

With appropriate support, relative and kinship caregivers can succeed in providing a loving home to children and youth in foster care.

Mother holding sad child

Rising to the Opioid Challenge

Addressing the needs of low-income individuals and families impacted by opioids.

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Family First a Good First Step, but True Prevention is Key

Jerry Milner writes for The Chronicle of Social Change on how we can move from Family First to true prevention.

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