About the Conference Partners

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) Program

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) provides national leadership on youth and family issues by supporting the organizations and communities that work every day to put an end to youth homelessness, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence. The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program within FYSB administers the Title V State Abstinence Education Program, the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Program, and the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) with the goal of preventing adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, and preparing youth for successful transitions to adulthood. These nationwide projects support states, territories, tribes, and community organizations that implement evidence-based adolescent pregnancy prevention programs with an emphasis on positive youth development and trauma-informed approaches to reducing risk. The APP program is conducting a federally led evaluation and providing grantees with technical support to evaluate local projects as well as test innovative strategies targeted to pregnant and parenting youth, youth in foster care, teen fathers, and other vulnerable populations of youth.

Runaway & Homeless Youth (RHY) Program

Each year, thousands of U.S. youth run away from home, are asked to leave their homes or become homeless. Through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program (RHY), FYSB supports street outreach, emergency shelters and longer-term transitional living and maternity group home programs to serve and protect these young people. RHY serves as the national leader for the provision of shelter services to unaccompanied homeless youth. Grants are administered to public and private organizations to establish and operate youth emergency shelters and transitional living programs.

Family Violence Prevention & Services Act (FVPSA) Program

The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelters and related assistance for victims of domestic violence and their children. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program is committed to: providing shelter and other supportive services for victims and their children; coordinating statewide improvements within local communities, social service systems, and programming regarding the prevention and intervention of domestic violence through the leadership of State Domestic Violence Coalitions and FVPSA State Administrators; increasing public awareness about the prevalence of domestic violence, dating violence and family violence; supporting local and community-based domestic violence programs with specialized technical assistance addressing emerging issues such as trauma-informed care, the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment, culturally specific domestic violence services, and effective interventions for children exposed to domestic violence.

Children's Bureau (CB)

The Children's Bureau (CB) partners with federal, state, tribal and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation's children and families. With an annual budget of almost $8 billion, CB provides support and guidance to programs that focus on strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect, protecting children when abuse or neglect has occurred, and ensuring that every child and youth has a permanent family or family connection. CB seeks to improve outcomes in the following key areas: Safety–preventing and responding to maltreatment of children, Permanency–stabilizing children's living situations and preserving family relationships and connections; and Well-Being–enhancing families' capacity to meet their children's physical, mental health and educational needs.

Office of Adolescent Health (OAH)

Leading the nation to ensure that America's adolescents thrive and become healthy, productive adults, OAH is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of adolescents. OAH leads through promoting strength-based approaches, bolstering multi-sector engagement, and bringing in youth voices to support healthy development and transitions to productive adulthood. Authorized by the Public Health Service Act, OAH supports research, services, prevention and health promotion activities, training, education, partnership engagement, national planning, and information dissemination activities.

Office of Head Start (OHS)

The Office of Head Start (OHS) administers grant funding and oversight to the 1,700 public and private nonprofit and for-profit agencies that provide Head Start services. OHS also provides federal policy direction and a training and technical assistance (T/TA) system to assist grantees in providing comprehensive services to eligible young children and their families. Head Start promotes school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families through education, health, social and other services.

Office of Family Assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

Since replacing Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) in 1996, the TANF program has served as one of the nation's primary economic security and stability programs for low-income families with children. TANF is a block grant that provides $16.6 billion annually to states, territories, the District of Columbia, and federally-recognized Indian tribes. These TANF jurisdictions use federal TANF funds to provide income support to low-income families with children, as well as to provide a wide range of services (e.g., work-related activities, child care, and refundable tax credits) designed to accomplish the program's four broad purposes. These statutory purposes are to: provide assistance to needy families so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives; end the dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work, and marriage; prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies; and encourage the formation and maintenance of two-parent families.

Office of Family Assistance, Healthy Marriage & Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) Program

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) competitively awards Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) grants to states, local governments, and community-based organizations (both for profit and not-for-profit, including faith-based). These grantees work to help participants build and sustain healthy relationships and marriages, and to strengthen positive father-child interaction. The HMRF program plays a key role in helping the Office of Family Assistance (OFA) achieve its goals to foster economically secure households and communities for the well-being and long-term success of children and families. On September 30, 2015, OFA announced grant awards to 91 organizations in 27 states and one territory to provide activities to promote healthy marriage and relationship education, responsible fatherhood, and reentry services for currently or formerly incarcerated fathers under three funding opportunities.


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