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Step 3 to Success for Youth – Get Married Before Having Children

Taking a holistic approach to teaching the benefits of healthy relationships and choices, including marriage, to achieve a brighter future.

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Handle with Care

Research shows that exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) like witnessing violence in the home or community, can have lasting negative effects on health, well-being, and opportunity. In communities across the country, child trauma is being prevented and addressed through the use of three simple words: “Handle with Care.”

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

Learn about National Foster Care Month and ways to strengthen and support families.  

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Stay Safe and Be Informed about COVID-19

Check out these Coronavirus (COVID-19)  resources to help yourself, your family, and your community stay healthy and informed.

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Engaging States and Communities to Support Working Families

Eric D. Hargan joined Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson in Seattle, Washington, this week for the ninth of ten roundtables being held across the country to discuss improving access to affordable high-quality child care. We have now heard from almost a thousand stakeholders across the country and we expect to hear more through a Request for Information that we released last month on this issue.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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