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ACF Mission

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF programs aim to achieve the following:

  • families and individuals empowered to increase their own economic independence and productivity;
  • strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children;
  • partnerships with individuals, front-line service providers, communities, American Indian tribes, Native communities, states, and Congress that enable solutions which transcend traditional agency boundaries;
  • services planned, reformed, and integrated to improve needed access;
  • and a strong commitment to working with people with developmental disabilities, refugees, and migrants to address their needs, strengths, and abilities.

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Wade F. Horn, Ph.D.
Assistant Secretary for Children and Families (ACF)

Andrew Bush
Director, Office of Family Assistance

Clarence H. Carter
Director of the Federal Office of Community Services (OCS)

Shannon Christian
Associate Commissioner for the Child Care Bureau

Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration

Martin Dannenfelser
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and External Affairs

Diann Dawson
Director, Office of Regional Operations

Chris Downing
Director, Office of Public Affairs

Chris Gersten
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Children and Families

Sharon M. Fujii
Regional Administrator, Region IX (San Francisco)

Hugh F. Galligan
Regional Administrator, Region I (Boston)

Sherri Z. Heller
Commissioner, Office of Child Support Enforcment

Steve Henigson
Regional Administrator, Region X (Seattle)

Mary Ann Higgins
Regional Administrator, Region II (New York)

Windy M. Hill
Associate Commissioner for Head Start Bureau

David Lett
Regional Administrator, Region III (Philadelphia)

Linda K. Lewis
Regional Administrator, Region VII (Kansas City)

Leon R. McCowan
Regional Administrator, Region VI, (Dallas)

Madeline Mocko
Director, Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget

Dr. Patricia A. Morrissey
Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities

Joan E. Ohl
Commissioner of the Administration for Children, Youth and Families in the Administration for Children and Families

Dr. Susan Orr
Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau in the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families

Naomi Goldstein
Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation

Quanah Crossland Stamps
Commissioner, Administration for Native Americans

Thomas F. Sullivan
Regional Administrator , Region VIII (Denver)

Joyce A. Thomas
Regional Administrator, Region V, (Chicago)

Nguyen Van Hanh, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement Administration for Children and Families

Carlis V. Williams
Regional Administrator, Region IV (Atlanta)

Harry Wilson
Associate Commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families

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Fact Sheets

For HHS Factsheets, please check the HHS Press Releases and Factsheets

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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Functional Statements

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Key Priorities

One Department
Unifying systems, improving management of financial and physical assets, consolidating resources, eliminating duplication, and restructuring the workforce to streamline layers and provide enhanced, citizen-centered services.

Dedicating resources to prevent the need for intervention services.

Rural Initiative
Strengthening rural families and communities.

Enhancing Early Literacy of Children
Improving the pre-reading and numeracy skills of young children to improve school readiness.

Next Phase of Welfare Reform
Expanding welfare reform efforts to meet all four goals of the original legislation; identifying gaps and changes required to move the welfare reform agenda forward.

Positive Youth Development
Promoting ongoing relationships with adult role models; safe places with structured activities; healthy life styles; opportunities to acquire marketable skills; and opportunities for community service and civic participation.

Faith-Based and Community Initiative
Removing barriers to the full participation of faith-based and other community services in the delivery of social services.

Healthy Marriage Initiative
Helping couples who choose marriage for themselves to develop the skills and knowledge to form and sustain healthy marriages.

Helping men become responsible, committed, involved fathers.

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Operating Structure

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Regional Offices

BOSTON: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

NEW YORK: New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands

PHILADELPHIA: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia

ATLANTA: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

CHICAGO: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin

DALLAS: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

KANSAS CITY: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska

DENVER: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming

SAN FRANCISCO: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau

SEATTLE: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington

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