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More Details on Changes to CFSR Data Elements

The Children’s Bureau (CB) continues to provide details and solicit comments on the third round of the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs). On Monday, April 28th CB sponsored a conference call to describe some of the changes that will be implemented as states embark on this review. The following highlights were discussed on the call and can be found in the CFSR guidance and proposed rule.

  • State success will be judged against a national standard instead of previous reviews that made assessments based on a state reaching the 75th percentile of states. The national standard will also be an attempt to build in factors unique to states.
  • In terms of child maltreatment the review will assess all children that are screened in for a report of child abuse and neglect instead of just children who are substantiated as victims. The review will then look at the instances when children were reported again within a 12 month period. States have an initial screen of child abuse reports and then determine whether a child is substantiated as abused or neglected. Some states use of differential response means a child is either determined as a “victim” or “non-victim.” This new standard would consider all children screened in to better assess reoccurring maltreatment.
  • Another data change for the CFSR is the use of entry cohorts, or looking at those children that enter care rather than assessing children who leave or children at a point in time. (The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) determines the annual foster care statistic with a point in time count at the end of the federal fiscal year.)
  • The CFSRs will also assess permanency in a different way by examining data not just on children leaving foster care for reunification but also leaving foster care for adoption and subsidized guardianships.
  • The CB will also start to examine children who have been in foster care for two years in an effort to have a better assessment of some long term foster care placements.

More CFSR Information and Resources

The Children’s Bureau has posted more information on the upcoming round of Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR). The CFSR guidance includes:

  • Statewide Assessment Instrument (pdf): an instrument with four sections, designed to enable states to gather and document information that is critical to analyzing their capacity and performance during the statewide assessment phase of the CFSR process.
  • Stakeholder Interview Guide (pdf): an instrument used to conduct local and state-level interviews during the onsite component of the CFSRs. It identifies questions that may be asked during stakeholder interviews across seven systemic factor sections.
  • Guidance on Potential Data and Information That Can Be Used To Assess Systemic Factor Functioning (pdf): a document that provides guidance and examples to assist states in providing relevant data to evaluate systemic factor functioning pursuant to the CFSP and CFSR statewide assessment.

The Children’s Bureau has also released a proposed plan to replace the statewide data indicators and the methods for calculating associated national standards on those indicators. Statewide data indicators are used to inform the Children’s Bureau’s determination of a state’s substantial conformity relative to certain safety and permanency outcomes. On Monday, April 28, the Children’s Bureau will host a related online briefing, “Sustaining the Momentum: Next Round of the CFSRs – Child and Family Services Reviews Statewide Data Indicators and National Standards.” It is intended to provide another avenue for understanding the plan for using the indicators. Registration for the briefing is limited.