Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Law and Legal Definition

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) is component of the U.S. Department of Health Service’s Administration for Children and Families (ACF). The ACYF is administered by a Commissioner who is appointed by the U.S. President. The ACYF is divided into two bureaus, each of which is responsible for different issues involving children, youth and families and a cross-cutting unit responsible for research and evaluation. Each of ACYF's bureaus is headed by an Associate Commissioner.

For the purpose of carrying out ACYF programs, the U.S. and its territories are divided into 10 geographic regions. Each region has an office responsible for administering some of ACYF's programs located in that region.

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) administers the major Federal programs that support: social services that promote the positive growth and development of children and youth and their families; protective services and shelter for children and youth in at-risk situations; and adoption for children with special needs. These programs provide financial assistance to States, community-based organizations, and academic institutions to provide services, carry out research and demonstration activities and undertake training, technical assistance, and information dissemination.

The following is an example of a federal statute on ACYF:

42 USCS § 12311. Establishment of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families

(a) In general. There is established within the Department of Health and Human Services an Administration on Children, Youth, and Families.

(b) Commissioner.

(1) Establishment.

(A) In general. The Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, as established under subsection (a), shall be headed by a Commissioner on Children, Youth, and Families.

(B) [Omitted]

(2) Appointment. The President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint the Commissioner.