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Message from SE Regional ACF Administrator, Carlis V. Williams

Read the personal invitation from our Regional Administrator sharing the regional ACF commitment to the “ALL-IN” challenge and encouraging grantees and their partners to join the movement.  

Message from ACF Assistant Secretary, Lynn Johnson

Listen as Assistant Secretary Lynn Johnson presents a challenge to the nation to be “ALL IN” for these waiting children. We can give every waiting child and every waiting youth the love, stability, and security of a forever family. 



Every child deserves a family to love and support them. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) aims to keep children safe and thriving in their own homes, preserve families, and prevent the need for removal in the first place. When foster care is necessary, we work hard to safely reunify children with their families. When that is not possible, we strive to ensure those children have safe, loving, and permanent places they can call home and a family that will be theirs forever.  There are approximately 125,000 children in foster care who have a plan for adoption and who need forever families. Many of these children and youth are legally free for adoption—and are eager for a family to call their own. Absent action, some of these children will age out of the system with no family, mentor, or supports in place. That is why ACF has launched the “ALL-IN” Foster Adoption Challenge. With the help of States, nonprofits, businesses, faith partners, and local communities, we can find homes for every waiting child and support families as they open their hearts. 

Below are links to information and resources from DHHS/ACF/Children's Bureau to support this national challenge:

Webpage - Created specifically to share national challenge related information 

Blogs - Learn more about collaborative efforts to achieve permanency for children and youth in foster care.

Governors and States - ​How Governors and States across the country are committing to finding permanent homes for children in foster care. 

Youth and Family Stories - ​Be inspired by stories of children and youth who found permanent homes.

Community Partners - How community-based organizations are implementing creative ways to serve and support children and families i

Courts - How courts are working to achieve permanency for children in care



This adoption challenge is equally relevant from both a prevention and intervention perspective.  Every child - whether it is a toddler or a teenager - deserves a family to love and support them, and this challenge is designed to bring together the organizations, like Head Start and Early Head Start, who are committed to helping children of all ages find their forever home. 

ACF Region 4 has joined with the following partners to develop and implement an intentional campaign to increase the number of youth adopted and fostered in this region:  ACF Region 4 - Immediate Office of the Regional Administrator (IORA), ACF Region 4 - Office of Head Start (OHS), ACF Region 4 - Children’s Bureau (CB), and the Region IV Head Start Association (RIVHSA).

Below are links to region specific information and resources to support our ALL-IN commitment:

+ Letter from SE Regional ACF Administrator, Carlis V. Williams

+ Letter from Office of Head Start Director, Dr. Deborah Bergeron

+ Region 4 ACF Flyer

+ On-Demand Webinar - All In Foster Adoption Challenge: Who's All In? (Aired August 4, 2020)

Share how your agency is supporting the ALL-IN movement

We ask that you use social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, Instagram) to share your ALL-IN activities and wins. 

#R4Adopt is the designated hashtag for this movement so everyone can track posts and engage in meaningful conversation. 

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