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Administration for Children and Families

ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ACF's responsibilities include public welfare, renamed "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" or TANF in 1996 by welfare reform legislation; Head Start, providing early child development for children of low-income families; child support enforcement, assisting states with paternity establishment and child support collection systems; child protection, family preservation, foster care, and adoption assistance, supporting states with their child-welfare responsibilities; refugee resettlement; and programs for the developmentally disabled, Native American economic development, low-income community development, social services, and energy assistance for low-income families.

James A. Harrell

(see also: United States Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS]; United States Public Health Service [USPHS] )

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