November Infórmate

Hispanic family sitting at the dinner table eating Thanksgiving dinner. America Celebrates National Adoption Month


Each November since 1990, the nation has celebrated National Adoption Month as a time to raise public awareness of children in U.S. foster care who deserve, and are currently waiting for, the love and protection that a permanent adoptive family can provide.

During National Adoption Month, ACF joins and supports efforts in communities across the nation to bring renewed attention to the ongoing need for resources to assure the needs of children and their families – biological, step, kin, foster and adoptive – are recognized and met. Not all Americans are ready and able to adopt, but everyone is called upon to honor and support those who do. Find out how you can help Visit disclaimer page .

Read President Barack Obama's special proclamation Visit disclaimer page  recognizing National Adoption Month.

For information about adopting, visit these helpful links:



17th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference
For more than 15 years, the Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference has been a leading forum for family self-sufficiency and poverty researchers, state and local administrators, practitioners and program operators and federal officials and policymakers to network with peers and discuss cutting-edge research on family self-sufficiency and social welfare programs and policies. Make plans to join the discussion on May 28-30, 2014, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The 2014 agenda will focus on the most current research on welfare, employment and family self-sufficiency programs and policies, while drawing on lessons from past research and experience in the field. Topics will include:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Employment and Success in the Labor Market
  • Innovations in Post-Secondary Education and Training
  • Child and Youth Well-Being
  • Fatherhood, Relationships and Strengthening Families
  • Strengthening the Safety Net: Supporting and Stabilizing Low-Income Families
  • Evaluating Social Programs: Building and Using Evidence

For more information, please visit the conference website: Visit disclaimer page .



Health Care Reform is more than just a website. There are four basic ways you can apply for and enroll in Marketplace coverage:



Left to right: Elba Montalvo, Dr. Luis R. Torres, Joyce A. Thomas and Dr. Stacey BouchetNew York Office Focuses on Cultural Competence and Family Strengthening
The Latino population in the United States is young and growing. Highlighting family strengthening programs and strategies are an outstanding way to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, said ACF Region 2 Regional Administrator Joyce A. Thomas. ACF's New York Office collaborated with local Hispanic community members to host a seminar focusing on increased access and improved outreach to Latinos. The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc., and ACF presented “Culturally Competent Family Strengthening Strategies: Research and Implementation.” Read more about the event.




Hispanic elderly woman adjusting the thermostat because it is too cold.HHS Releases $2.9 Billion to Help Struggling Families During Extreme Weather
While many welcome the change of seasons that ushers in cooler weather and the holiday season, many families across the country worry about the drop in temperatures and rise of home energy costs that await them in the coming days. Read about the Office of Community Services’ Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program: HHS Releases LIHEAP Funds to Help Families Handle Heating and Cooling Costs.





Photo of students enrolled in the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program.Office of Family Assistance Update on Health Careers Program: Nearly 9,000 on the Job
More than 11,000 Health Opportunity Profession Grants program participants have completed their training and nearly 9,000 are working. See a video Visit disclaimer page of the successful work program that’s helping thousands find employment. Read about success stories:

Luz was living out of a car. One night she walked into a shelter looking for a safe place to sleep. She was instead given an opportunity to dream.

Former truck driver Rolando fell on hard times. Bad health made problems worse. A hospital visit and caring nurses inspired his next move.


Man holding a stack of books, binders and files.FOIA: Your Right to Know
Enacted on July 4, 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, gives any person a right to obtain access to U.S. government agency records.  You can request a copy of any U.S. government record, but under the law, some records (or portions of them) may be withheld by the agency if they fall under one of the law’s nine exemptions or three law enforcement record exclusions.  (For more information, see and 

To promote transparency, ACF posts much useful information online.  Before filing a FOIA request, explore ACF’s website, as well as the websites of ACF components, such as the Children’s Bureau and the Office of Head Start. The Health and Human Services website, Tracking Accountability in Government Grants System Visit disclaimer page (TAGGS) lists winners of past grants, and ACF grant programs to be funded in fiscal year 2014 are listed at /hhsgrantsforecast/.

At ACF, the records requested most often are copies of successful grant applications, as those seeking to apply for a grant, or those whose grants were not funded, are interested in seeing the strongest applications. In the future, ACF hopes to post some successful applications online; for now, you may request a FOIA request online at /submit-a-foia-request.



ACF programs have a variety of funding opportunities available to support social service programming at the state, local and tribal levels. Our grantees include:

  • Non-profit Organizations
  • For-profit Organizations
  • Government
  • Educational Organizations
  • Public Housing Groups

ACF funds an array of activities that support the economic and social well-being of people throughout the country. Find out which ACF grants are available today: Funding Opportunities. To learn how to apply for a grant, view this guide to resources for community and faith-based organizations. To learn how to become a grant reviewer, view the ACF Grant Review Guide. To learn more about grant and funding opportunities within the individual ACF programs, visit these links:

New Grants

Transitional Living Program and Maternity Group Homes: The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB), through the Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Homes (MGH), provides an alternative to involving RHY in the law enforcement, child welfare, mental health and juvenile justice systems.  Each TLP must provide a safe and appropriate shelter for up to 21 months of services with adult supervision, life and interpersonal skills building, career counseling and job skills, counseling, and medical care as appropriate.  MGHs provide the same services as a TLP in addition to providing parenting instructions and child care.  Other services that are offered include, but are not limited to, transportation, family planning, abstinence education and pregnancy prevention services. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014. Apply today: Visit disclaimer page

Head Start and/or Early Head Start Grantee — Lucas County, Ohio: This funding announcement replaces HHS-2014-ACF-OHS-CH-R05-0768 and now offers applicants the opportunity to apply for Early Head Start funding to support services to infants, toddlers and pregnant women, as well as Head Start, in Lucas County, Ohio. Through this announcement, the Administration for Children and Families solicits applications from public or private non-profit organizations, including community-based and faith-based organizations, or for-profit organizations that seek to provide a high-quality, comprehensive birth-to-five program incorporating both Head Start and Early Head Start funding, or to provide for Head Start only or Early Head Start only, to children and families residing in Lucas County, Ohio. Funds in the amount of $12,233,037 annually will be available to provide Head Start and/or Early Head Start program services to eligible children and their families.  Interested applicants may email the OHS Operations Center at for additional information. Deadline to Apply: Dec. 2, 2013. Apply today: Visit disclaimer page



Interested in working with ACF?
ACF is working hard to enhance the cultural competency of the agency, its employees and its contractors. One sure way to reach that goal is to hire more people from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to increasing diversity in the ACF workforce. Please visit and search for vacancies in the Administration for Children and Families within the Health and Human Services Department.

Currently there are no ACF job vacancies available for the general public as of Nov. 20, 2013. Please check back soon. However, there are several HHS opportunities available at our sister agencies. Here are a few:

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