US Department of Health And Human Services
Advocacy - Child Welfare
Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF)
330 C St SW, Mary E. Switzer Bldg, Washington, DC, 20201
Distance: 28 Miles
Program that works on behalf of individuals and/or groups to make sure that they receive the benefits and services for which they are eligible
Promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth and families by connecting families and child and family professionals to information, resources, and tools about protecting children, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption and more
The Gateway provides access to print and electronic publications, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources for families and for professionals. The resources cover all topics related to child welfare, child abuse and neglect, and adoption.
- Assistance with community resources
Please note: Child Welfare Information Gateway does not have the authority to intervene in personal matters. Please see resources on finding help with a personal situation.
The Information Gateway cannot take reports of suspected child abuse or neglect, or to offer crisis counseling.
In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
For help with reporting child abuse and neglect or to speak with a counselor, contact Childhelp® at (800) 422-4453.
Most publications are free online and many (including all family resources) can be ordered by mail for free.
9:30am - 5:30pm, Monday - Friday (Eastern Time)
|Toll Free||(800) 394-3366|
This provider does not offer this service at other locations.
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FN-1500.1900-150Child Abuse Prevention Definition
Programs, often offered in the schools or in other community settings, that attempt to protect children from physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse or exploitation through a variety of educational interventions which may focus on children of various ages, parents, people who work with children and/or the community at large. The sessions may offer suggestions for children and/or parents regarding ways of avoiding or handling an abusive or potentially abusive situation and/or information about the indicators and incidence of abuse, requirements for reporting abuse and community resources that are available to children who have been abused and to their families.
PH-0300.0400Adoption Information/Referrals Definition
Programs that provide information about the different types of adoption that are available as options and the requirements and procedures for adopting another individual for birth parents, adoptive parents and people who have been adopted. Included are programs that facilitate the adoption process by compiling information about children who are available for adoption in sharable formats such as photo albums, newsletters, video tapes or media campaigns (e.g., newspaper stories or television segments) that feature a particular adoptable child; and arranging activities such as picnics where prospective adoptive parents and children can meet informally. Also included are programs that provide referrals to organizations that offer adoption-related services a family might need.
PH-2400.0200Adoptive Family Recruitment Definition
Programs that identify and enlist individuals and couples who are willing to provide a permanent home and new legal parentage for children who have been relinquished for adoption, particularly for children who have special needs.
TD-0300.2000Federal Government Agencies/Departments Definition
The principal executive divisions of the federal government of the United States, headed by a secretary who is a member of the President's cabinet, the agencies within them and the independent establishments and corporations that fall outside the cabinet structure.
YB-9000Young Adults Definition
Individuals who are generally between the ages of 18 and 25 depending on the ages that specific programs use for qualification.
YK-2000.0200Adoptive Families Definition
Families in which one or more of the children is adopted.
YK-2000.2400Foster Families Definition
Families that have one or more foster children in their care.
YK-6500.0500Adoptive Parents Definition
Individuals who have taken the child of another into their family and have given him or her the rights, privileges and duties of child and heir.
YK-6500.2000Foster Parents Definition
Individuals who are licensed to provide a home for orphaned, abused, neglected or delinquent children or children with disabilities, usually with the approval of the government or a social service agency.
YK-6500.4050LGBTQ Parents Definition
Individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning who have children.
YK-6500.6225Parents of Children in Foster Care Definition
Parents who have had one or more children removed from the home and placed in foster care or another out-of-home care setting.
The mother or father of a child born during a previous marriage of the other parent.
YK-8000.0500Adopted Children Definition
Children who have been relinquished by their natural parents or are otherwise unable to remain in the care of their natural parents and who have new legal parentage. Also included are adults who were adopted as children.
YO-1550.1500Child Welfare/Family Services Personnel Definition
Individuals who work in organizations that are concerned with adoption, children's protective services, foster care, parenting support and other services that ensure the welfare of children and their families. They may investigate home conditions to protect children from harmful environments; evaluate foster and home environmental factors and the personal characteristics of potential adoptive or foster parents to determine their suitability for that role; place and take responsibility for children and their well-being in foster or adoptive homes, institutions and medical treatment centers; counsel children and parents, guardians, foster parents or institution staff concerning a child's adjustment to the foster home situation; and/or counsel adoptive parents pending legal adoption. They may also aid parents with child rearing problems, counsel children and youth who have difficulty adjusting socially; advise parents on how to care for children with disabilities, arrange for homemaker services during a parent's illness and provide service to unmarried parents including care during pregnancy and planning for the child. If children have serious problems in school, child welfare workers may consult with parents, teachers and counselors to identify underlying causes and develop plans for treatment.
YX-0300.0500Adult Child Abuse Survivors Definition
Adults who, as youngsters, were subjected to a persistent pattern of violence and neglect which may include abandonment, emotional abuse, emotional deprivation, physical abuse and corporal punishment that resulted in a traumatic condition, physical neglect and/or inadequate supervision, and who may be needing to deal with the traumatic effects of the experience in their adult lives.
YZ-0200Adoption/Foster Care Issues Definition
Programs that provide information and/or services that deal with the topics of adoption and/or foster care as well as foster care transition.
YZ-1450Child Abuse Issues Definition
Programs that provide information and/or services that deal with the topic of child abuse.