Swearing-In of January Contreras as Assistant Secretary at Administration for Children and Families

Updated: May 6

Thursday, April 21, 2022, following bipartisan confirmation by the U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra formally swore in January Contreras as Assistant Secretary at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF).


“As January Contreras takes the helm of the Administration for Children and Families, she brings valued expertise, based on years of distinguished public service and a strong record of championing the well-being of children, families and underserved communities” said HHS Secretary Becerra. “Assistant Secretary Contreras will be a critical partner as we tackle adversity, work to expand access to child care and more — with an eye towards advancing equity. Together, we will meet the challenges and opportunities ahead as we fight to leave no one behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, and advance our mission of protecting the health and wellbeing of all children and families.”


“I will work collaboratively and with a sense of urgency each day to empower safe and thriving families and communities. For me, there is no professional duty more worthy than this mission with the talented employees of ACF,” said Assistant Secretary January Contreras. “Working with partners in and outside of the federal government, I will lead with a commitment to promote equity and lift up whole-family and community-based strategies to increase the safety, stability, and economic mobility of children, youth and families.”


ACF Assistant Secretary January Contreras' bio


“As January Contreras takes the helm of the Administration for Children and Families, she brings valued expertise, based on years of distinguished public service and a strong record of championing the well-being of children, families and underserved communities.” — Xavier Becerra, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


“Assistant Secretary Contreras will be a critical partner as we tackle adversity, work to expand access to child care and more – with an eye towards advancing equity. Together, we will meet the challenges and opportunities ahead as we fight to leave no one behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, and advance our mission of protecting the health and wellbeing of all children and families.” — Xavier Becerra, Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


“I will work collaboratively and with a sense of urgency each day to empower safe and thriving families and communities. For me, there is no professional duty more worthy than this mission with the talented employees of ACF.” — January Contreras, Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families


“Working with partners in and outside of the federal government, I will lead with a commitment to promote equity and lift up whole-family and community-based strategies to increase the safety, stability, and economic mobility of children, youth and families.” — January Contreras, Assistant Secretary, Administration for Children and Families

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