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National African American Child and Family Research Center

Better Serving Our Communities

The National African American Child and Family Research Center is designed to provide national leadership and excellence in community-engaged research to better serve African American children and families. Funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the Dept of Health and Human Services (HHS), The Center is housed within the Prevention Research Center at Morehouse School of Medicine. Focusing exclusively on African American children and families, it is the first of its kind.

Research and Resources

Providing national leadership & excellence in community-engaged research to better serve African American children & families.


Community is the heart of the NAACFRC. Our purpose is to improve the effectiveness of service delivery to TANF families and thereby strengthen the African American community as a whole. We believe in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). We want our research to be informed by the perspectives, preferences, & life priorities of African Americans.



The NAACFRC prioritizes the needs and experiences of practitioners to promote access, equity, inclusion, and participation of families served by TANF, Head Start, and Child Care Assistance.Our fourth research priority is to identify and assess promising approaches for service provision to African American children. To facilitate this we are developing a national Community-Based Research Database of researchers, within ACF program areas that are relevant to the NAACFRC mission, who use a community-based approach. 

Upcoming Events

Community Research Training – Research Justice & Equity

This webinar will provide tools and strategies that build the capacity of community and practice leaders to conduct their own research and share leadership roles with government or academic partners […]

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Research Ethics around Community Participation in Research

This webinar will: Discuss ethical principles for conducting research with the community including trust, transparency, equity, and autonomy. Discuss ethical issues such as the importance of increasing community involvement in […]

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Measuring and Achieving Equity in Program Research

This webinar will explore indicators and metrics for measuring progress toward and achievement of racial equity or equitable programs. Metrics are an emerging area of importance for the operationalization of […]

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National African American Child and Family Research Center

720 Westview Drive SW 
Atlanta, Georgia 30310
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This project is supported by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award (Grant #: 90PH0031-01-00) totaling $1.8 million with 100 percent funded by ACF/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACF/HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit the ACF website, Administrative and National Policy Requirements.

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