What We Do

Region 2 fulfills ACF’s greater mission of improving the economic and social well-being of families, individuals and communities through our work with states, tribes, non-profit organizations, and community and faith-based service providers.

Region 2 supports:

  • 8 federally recognized tribes
  • 123 Head Start grantees serving 96,022 children
  • 100 Early Head Start grantees serving 10,994 pregnant women, infants and toddlers
  • 35 runaway and homeless youth grants

ACF Regional Programs

Children's Bureau

The Children’s Bureau (CB) Regional Office is headed by a Regional Program Manager who reports to the Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families. Regional staff are responsible for monitoring child welfare programs and providing technical assistance to states and tribes. In addition, staff:

  • Provide programmatic oversight and technical assistance to the Court Improvement Project and Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention grantees
  • Collaborate with ACF CB Central Office, other Regional Offices and other interested parties on all significant program and policy matters

Contact: Alfonso Nicholas, Regional Program Manager- alfonso.nicholas@acf.hhs.gov

Head Start

The Head Start Regional Office is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Program Operations Division in the Office of Head Start (OHS).

The Regional Office is responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of OHS discretionary programs and for collaborating with OHS State Collaboration Projects on all significant policy matters. Head Start staff oversee the day-to-day management of Head Start grantees and the provision of technical assistance.

Contact: Carolyn Baker, Acting Regional Program Manager – carolyn.baker@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Child Care

The Child Care Regional Office is headed by a Regional Program Manager who reports to the Deputy Director of the Office of Child Care.

Staff are responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of Child Care block and discretionary programs and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Magdamari Marcano, Regional Program Manager - magdamari.marcano@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Child Support Enforcement

The Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) Regional Office is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Deputy Director/Commissioner, OCSE.

Regional staff are responsible for providing program and technical administration of OCSE entitlement and discretionary programs and for collaborating with ACF Central Office, states, tribes and other grantees on all significant program and policy matters.

Contact: Michael Ginns, Regional Program Manager - michael.ginns@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Family Assistance, TANF Program

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Regional Office is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Director, Office of Family Assistance.

Regional staff are responsible for providing centralized program and technical administration of the TANF block grant and collaborating with ACF Central Office, states and other grantees on all significant policy matters.

Contact: Shantel Mickens, Regional Program Manager - shantel.mickens@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management

The Grants Management Regional Office is headed by the Regional Grants Management Officer and supports the Chief Grants Officer/Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration.

Regional staff responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that business and financial responsibilities of grants administration are carried out
  • Managing ACF’s discretionary, formula, entitlement and block grants in the region
  • Directing all grants and cooperative agreements
  • Ensuring compliance with applicable statutes, regulations and policies
  • Performing audit resolutions
  • Providing leadership and technical guidance to ACF programs on grant operations and grants management issue

Contact: Clinton McGrane, Director of School Readiness Grants – clinton.mcgrane@acf.hhs.gov

Family & Youth Services Bureau Regional Program Office Program Unit

The Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) Regional Program Office is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Commissioner within the Office of Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF).

The office is responsible for providing program and technical support to organizations and communities that work to end runaway and youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy and domestic violence.

Contact: Keith Wallace, Regional Program Manager – keith.wallace@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Refugee Resettlement Regional Program Office Program Unit

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Regional Program Office is headed by the Regional Program Manager who reports to the Director of ORR.

The office is responsible for providing new populations with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the United States, by providing critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.

ORR’s divisions include:

  • Refugee Assistance
  • Refugee Health

Contact: Deborah Stewart, State Refugee Coordinator – deborah.stewart@acf.hhs.gov

Last Reviewed: July 18, 2019

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