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June 2024Vol. 25, No. 5ACF National Call to Action Reinforces Its Commitment to Advancing Equity

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) hosted a National Call to Action on Equity as part of its continuing commitment to advancing racial equity and supporting underserved communities through the federal government. Leaders across ACF convened to discuss ongoing efforts, emphasizing collaboration to capitalize on successes and address challenges. ACF Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Jeff Hild highlighted the agency's mission to reduce structural barriers hindering the well-being of families and children, emphasizing equal opportunity for all.

Discussions centered on ACF's actions to enhance equity across systems change, lived experience, and accessibility. These efforts span policy improvements and engagement with affected communities. ACF's commitment extends to program design, workforce inclusion, and technological accessibility enhancements. The initiative includes a national call to action on program offices' racial equity and equity action statements, outlining strategic plans to embed equity across programs.

ACF urged individuals to take action through education and exploration, emphasizing fairness and justice in all processes. By prioritizing equity, ACF aims to promote equitable outcomes for diverse populations, building on successes and fostering genuine engagement to dismantle barriers.

Access the full text of the call to action and additional links to other equity resources and initiatives.