The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) was founded in 1986 by a group of social service providers who were concerned that New York City’s private and public health, education and human service institutions could not adequately serve the growing number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and immigrant families. We incorporated in 1992; and after running only on volunteers, we hired our first executive director in 1995. We have grown to a group of full- and part-time staff, each working tirelessly to create better lives in the community.
CACF continues our fight for those in the AAPI community who are most marginalized. We listen to our community’s stories, develop our next generation of leaders, and unite our diverse communities. We are committed to transforming our communities so that every child has the resources they need to reach their fullest potential. CACF knows we do not do this alone - with our members, young people, and allies, we are building a collective voice for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. We believe that by working to improve the conditions of those struggling with poverty, linguistic and cultural barriers, and the myth of the model minority, we can improve the health and well-being of our children and families.
Today, CACF is still the only organization of its kind.
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) is the nation’s only pan-Asian children and families’ advocacy organization bringing together community-based organizations as well as youth and community allies to fight for equity for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). CACF’s mission is to advocate for equity and opportunity for marginalized AAPI children and families. We are building a community too powerful to IGNORE.
CACF LISTENS so we can identify our community’s needs
CACF TRAINS the next generation of leaders for our community
CACF UNITES our diverse community and allies
CACF FIGHTS for equitable access to quality education, services, and funding for our community
Our VISION is for all children and families, including AAPIs, in New York City to be safe, healthy, and able to reach their full potential in life.