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February 2013Vol. 14, No. 1ACYF Well-Being Project Summary

In fiscal year 2012, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) awarded $46.6 million in cooperative agreements and demonstration projects for State and Tribal programs to better integrate the promotion of social and emotional well-being for children and families. Nine title IV-E child welfare waivers also were awarded in 2012 that permitted States to use some of their Federal child welfare funds for child abuse and neglect demonstration projects. These awards are the focus of a report that summarizes 2012 ACYF projects that integrate safety, permanency, and well-being into child welfare.

The summary describes ACYF's enhanced focus on well-being, citing the growing number of evidence-based interventions that can restore developmentally appropriate functioning for children and youth who have experienced maltreatment. The publication outlines the alignment of ACYF opportunities to promote social and emotional well-being, its child welfare demonstration projects, discretionary funding, and evidence-based and evidence-informed interventions in ACYF projects.

Integrating Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being for Children and Families in Child Welfare is available on the Children's Bureau's website:

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Bryan Samuels, Commissioner of the Administration for Children and Families, recently posted a message on the ACF blog The Family Room about ACYF's program summary: