HHS FY2016 Budget in Brief

Administration for Children and FamiliesAdministration for Children and Families (ACF)

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The Administration for Children and Families promotes the economic and social well being of children, youth, families, and communities, focusing particular attention on vulnerable populations such as children in low income families, refugees, and Native Americans.

ACF Budget Overview

(Dollars in millions)

Funds 2014 2015 2016
Mandatory Budget Authority 33,981 33,808 39,852*
Discretionary Budget Authority 17,678 17,791 19,825
Total, ACF Budget Authority 51,659 51,599 59,676


ACF Programs and Services

 ACF FY 2016 Budget pie chart: This pie chart illustrates the components of ACF’s FY 2016 Budget request: TANF (29%) , Head Start (17%), Child Care and Development Fund (16%), Foster Care and Permanency (13%), LIHEAP (8%) Child Support Enforcement and Family Support Services (7%), Social Services Block Grant (3%), and Other ACF Programs (7%). ​The FY 2016 Budget request for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is $59.7 billion.  ACF works in partnership with states and communities to provide critical assistance to vulnerable families while helping families and children achieve a path to success.  ACF’s Budget supports enabling more parents to work or pursue education and training to better support their families while at the same time promoting the school readiness of their children.  This effort includes significant new investments to provide working families with access to quality child care, as well as continued reforms in Head Start and Child Support.  Funds are also included for programs that serve the most vulnerable children and families, including victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and human trafficking; children in the child welfare system; and unaccompanied children and runaway and homeless youth.

The Budget invests in the well‑being of children known to the child welfare system by increasing federal investment on the front-end of the child welfare service delivery system for evidence‑based and evidence-informed prevention and post‑permanency for children and youth likely to enter the foster care system, and promoting family‑based care as an alternative to congregate care settings.


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