The Washington Information Directory (WID) is one of the most historically successful publications at CQ Press. Although it is a “directory,” it has lived in the Library/Annual Edition portfolio because it has a unique profile - it is topically organized, and within the taxonomic structure the relevant organizations are listed not only with contact information but with a brief paragraph describing what the organization (whether government or non-governmental) does related to that topic. It focuses on Washington - in order to be listed, an organization must have an office in the Washington metropolitan area. These descriptions are not boilerplate advertising material from the organizations; rather, they are hand-crafted by a talented freelance research team. In addition, WID pulls together 55 organization charts for federal agencies, congressional resources related to each chapter topic, hotline and contact information for various specific areas of interest (from Food Safety Resources to internships in Washington), and an extensive list of active congressional caucuses and contact details. WID has two appendices, one with thorough information on congresspersons and committees, and the second with governors and embassies.

Children and Families

Children and families



Administration for Children and Families (ACF) (Health and Human Services Dept.), Mary E. Switzer Bldg., 330 C St. S.W., 20201 (mailing address: 370 L’Enfant Promenade S.W., Washington, DC 20447); (202) 401-9200. Ben Goldhaber, Assistant Secretary (Acting). Domestic violence hotline, (800) 799-7233; TTY, (800) 787-3244. Human trafficking tip hotline, (888) 373-7888. National child abuse hotline, (800) 422-4453. National runaway safeline, (800) 786-2929. Public Affairs, (202) 401-9215.

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Administers and funds national assistance programs for Native Americans, children, youth, low-income families, and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to promote stability, economic security, responsibility, and self-support for families; supervises programs and the use of funds to provide the most needy with aid and to increase alternatives to public assistance. ...

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