Administration for Children and Families Law and Legal Definition

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a department within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals, and communities. The head of ACF is the Assistant Secretary. ACF provides financial assistance to foster care, child care, child support enforcement, adoption assistance, and other child and family welfare programs.

The ACF aims at:

Bringing strong, healthy, supportive communities having a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children;

planned, reformed, and integrated plans to improve needed access;

partnerships with individuals, communities, states, and Congress enabling solutions which transcend traditional agency boundaries;

empowering families and individuals to increase their economic independence and productivity; and

assures a strong commitment for working with people with developmental disabilities, refugees, and migrants to address their needs, strengths, and abilities.