The Family Room Blog

This Labor Day, It’s Time to Fairly Compensate the Early Childhood Workforce

September 3, 2021 | JooYeun Chang, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families
As we prepare to celebrate Labor Day, I think about our under-appreciated early childhood workforce and everything they have been doing for our nation’s children. Recently I heard a child care provider say, “We…

The Rural Community Development Program Celebrates “Building Resilience Faster” During World Water Week 2021

August 25, 2021 | Lynda Perez, Director, Division of Community Discretionary and Demonstration Programs in the Office of Community Services

This week, we celebrate 2021 World Water Week Visit disclaimer page , a week-long event dedicated to developing concrete solutions to the world's greatest water-related challenges. The international…

25th Anniversary of TANF

August 23, 2021 | JooYeun Chang, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant. In August of 1996, TANF replaced the decades-old Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. TANF…

NCCAN goes virtual for the first time

August 19, 2021 | Children's Bureau Learning and Coordination Center (CBLCC)
Wrap up of the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect Conference held virtually on July 24-27, 2021.


August 18, 2021 | Aysha E. Schomburg, Esq. , Children’s Bureau Associate Commissioner
ACF is leading by example by launching its Equity in Action initiative to partner with states and grantees on improving outcomes for children and families.

Voices of Freedom: Responding to Human Trafficking through Storytelling

August 13, 2021 | Katherine Chon, Director, Office on Trafficking in Persons
The Office on Trafficking in Persons has launched “Voices of Freedom,” an archive of nearly 100 conversations featuring the reflections of survivors of human trafficking and allied professionals in the anti-…

LIHEAP Turns 40

August 13, 2021 | JooYeun Chang, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families

Today, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) celebrates 40 years of helping families and individuals restore home energy services, afford…

More Money for Families

August 6, 2021 | Linda Boyer, Acting Commissioner, OCSE
Learn about innovations that have helped make child support one of the most cost-effective government programs.

Historic Investments Help Improve the Lives of Children and Families through the American Rescue Plan Act

July 30, 2021 | By JooYeun Chang, ACF Acting Assistant Secretary  
The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) provides ACF an unprecedented $47.5 billion designed to improve the lives of families and children devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn. The Act provides…

Opportunity is Knocking: Expanding Housing Access for Survivors

July 22, 2021 | Khaila Montgomery, Research and Data Collection Analyst, OTIP and Alexis Polen, Human Trafficking Regional Liaison, OTIP
HUD expands affordable housing for families served by ACF.