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HHS FY 2017 Budget in Brief - ACF - Overview

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 2015 2016 2017
  Budget Authority 33,959 34,296 43,053
  Budget Authority /1 18,041 19,120 19,962
  Transfer to Census for Survey of Income and Program Participation - - -10
Total, ACF Budget Authority /2 52,000 53,416 63,005

Table Footnotes

1/ For comparability, includes the Department of Education’s appropriation of $250 million in FY 2015 and FY 2016 for Preschool Development Grants.

2/ Reflects $25 million in mandatory funds that were transferred from the TANF Contingency Fund for Welfare Research ($15 million) and the Census Bureau SIPP program ($10 million) as enacted by Congress for FY 2015 and FY 2016.

ACF Programs and Services

ACF FY 2017 Budget pie chart: 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 2017 Budget request for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is $63.0 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, lifting them out of poverty, while at the same time promoting the school readiness of their children.  This effort includes significant new investments for combating child poverty, helping families facing financial crises or extreme poverty, supporting working families with access to quality child care, improving outcomes for children and families involved in the child welfare system, increasing child support payments to families, continuing to strengthen Head Start, and supporting statewide integrated data systems designed to improve child and family outcomes, program effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity.  Funds are also included for programs that serve the most vulnerable children and families, including runaway and homeless youth, unaccompanied children, and victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and human trafficking.


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Content last reviewed on February 16, 2016