Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
January Contreras Nominated for Top ACF Position
President Joe Biden has nominated former Obama official January Contreras to lead the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the division of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees child welfare policy.
Study on Centralized Health and Human Services Seeks Public Input
The Administration for Children and Families is seeking public input on a plan to collect new data on centralizing services for low-income Americans.
New York Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Kin Caregivers are Denied Rights by Foster Care System
Legal advocates for children in New York City have filed a class-action lawsuit class-action lawsuit against the city and state alleging child welfare officials unjustly prevent relatives from becoming foster parents.
New Accountability Report Says States Underspending Adoption Savings
A Government Accountability Office report found mixed results in the effort to get states to spend more on the front and back ends of child welfare.
Federal Report Shows Number of Youth in Foster Care Declined Last Year
The number of youth in foster care declined for the first time since 2011, according to an annual report on youth in care released by the Department of Health and Human Services.
The Next 16 Programs Up for Family First Act Funding
The federal clearinghouse established to determine which services can be funded to help prevent the use of foster care in some child welfare cases has added 16 new programs for review in the coming months, just weeks after announcing its first slate of approvals.
List of States Seeking Family First Act Delay is Up to at Least 27
Updated information from the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF), obtained last week by Youth Services Insider, shows that the number of states intending to delay on the Family First Prevention Services Act is now at least 27 states.