ICF Families and Communities Children, Youth, and Families

Children, Youth, + Families

ICF International assists social service providers with solutions, training, and tools needed to develop and implement successful programs to support children, youth, and families.



ICF works with U.S. federal agencies and organizations focused on improving outcomes for vulnerable populations. Many of ICF’s professionals have cross-system experience and have worked extensively with children, youth, and family services and offer range and depth in diverse areas, including:

  • Family stability
  • Income support
  • Human trafficking
  • Housing
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health
  • Employment
  • U.S. justice system

ICF’s experienced researchers help identify proven, evidence-based interventions and explore cutting-edge alternatives to support children, youth, and families. We then help organizations evaluate approaches to determine if these can be applied or adapted to serve an individual community.

Our services to those working to strengthen families include:

  • Training and technical assistance—Tailored systems for children, youth, and family program implementation and systems change, with options such as in-person working groups, downloadable curricula, phone consultation, and on-site support
  • Information and resource centers—One-stop centers with fast access, straightforward tools, reliable information, dynamic outreach, creative use of emerging technologies, and assistance in developing communities of practice

Featured Resources

Research and Evaluation + Compliance Monitoring

ICF has extensive experience conducting program monitoring and evaluating processes and outcomes, as well as supporting development and implementation of program improvement plans locally, nationally, and internationally.  Evaluation systematically assesses the effectiveness of a program or initiative in achieving its goals, meeting the need for accountability and supporting decisions about how best to use resources and provide services. ICF provides the most appropriate and cost-effective designs, including quick turnaround projects to meet critical time constraints, interim reporting to provide useful feedback, and data analysis and interpretation services to help translate evaluation findings into practice.

Organizational Capacity Solutions

ICF works with professionals serving vulnerable populations to provide the latest research findings and proven policy, practice, and program innovations. Proven prevention and support programs can have lifelong impacts for families experiencing violence, abuse, mental health, substance abuse issues, joblessness or homelessness. Our consultants maintain strong relationships with professional colleagues in both public and private sectors, allowing us ready access to a wider pool of experts in various fields for systemic and cross-cutting approaches to complex challenges.  We work with federal, state, and local governments and with grantees in urban, rural, and tribal settings, as well as Alaskan Native Villages, to strengthen families in the United States.

  • Texas Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Education (ED)
    • Office of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
    • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
    • Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • U.S. Department of  Justice (DOJ)
    • Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
  • U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
  • Project

    Children's Bureau Clearinghouse Services (Child Welfare Information Gateway)

    ICF has provided information clearinghouse services to the Children’s Bureau since 1990 to help the Children’s Bureau protect children and strengthen families.

  • Project

    Youth Suicide Prevention Evaluation

    ICF is conducting the cross-site evaluation for both the Garrett Lee Smith Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Program and the Campus Suicide Prevention Program, as mandated by the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act.

  • Project

    Systems of Care National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center

    ICF provided technical assistance to Systems of Care grant communities on all aspects of program development and implementation to improve outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system.

  • Project

    Support for the Assets for Independence (AFI) Program

    ICF assists the Office of Community Services in administering key aspects of the Assets for Independence program and the AFI Resource Center. AFI is a program that supports asset building efforts nationwide through grant funds to nonprofits and state and local government agencies.

  • Project

    Reform Support Network

    ICF was selected by the U.S. Department of Education to manage the Reform Support Network, which was designed to help states implement sweeping reforms in education policy and practice.

  • Project

    National Child Care Information Center (NCCIC)

    ICF has operated the National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) since 1994, providing broad information on early and school age care and education through its website, toll-free line, and email service on behalf of the Office of Child Care.

  • Project

    Five-Year Evaluation of Communities in Schools (CIS)

    The Atlantic Philanthropies funded CIS National and ICF to conduct a five-year, multi-site, mixed-method evaluation of Communities in School, a nationwide initiative that surrounds students with a community of support to empower them to stay in school and achieve in life.

  • Project

    Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW)

    ICF provides training and technical assistance and monitoring and evaluation to the Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative, which supports public health efforts to improve nutrition, increase physical activity, reduce obesity, and decrease tobacco use.

  • Project

    Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI) National Evaluation for Systems of Care

    ICF was awarded a series of contracts by SAMHSA to conduct the national evaluation of the Children’s Mental Health Initiative, which was designed to respond to a critical lack of available treatment services for children affected by serious emotional disorders.

  • Project

    Bridges for Refugees and Asylees

    Since 2012, ICF International has supported all aspects of a technical assistance initiative to help refugee service providers develop robust relationships with U.S. federal, state, and community-based partners, especially related to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

  • Project

    Best Practices in Dropout Prevention Study

    ICF International, along with our partner, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NCPC/N), was selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to conduct an evaluation of best practices in dropout prevention programs.


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