On January 25, 2000, the HHS published a final rule in the Federal Register to establish a new approach to monitoring State child welfare programs. Under the rule, which became effective March 25, 2000, States are assessed for substantial conformity with certain Federal requirements for child protective, foster care, adoption, family preservation and family support, and independent living services.
The CFSRs enable the Children’s Bureau to: (1) ensure conformity with Federal child welfare requirements; (2) determine what is actually happening to children and families as they are engaged in child welfare services; and (3) assist States to enhance their capacity to help children and families achieve positive outcomes. Ultimately, the goal of the reviews is to help States improve child welfare services and achieve the following outcomes for families and children who receive services:
- Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect.
- Children are safely maintained in their homes whenever possible and appropriate.
- Children have permanency and stability in their living situations.
- The continuity of family relationships and connections is preserved for families.
Family and Child Well-Being
- Families have enhanced capacity to provide for their children’s needs.
- Children receive appropriate services to meet their educational needs.
- Children receive adequate services to meet their physical and mental health needs.
The Federal Government conducts the reviews in partnership with State child welfare agency staff; consultant reviewers supplement the Federal Review Team (see specific case and systemic review factors below- under "Weekly Hints"). The reviews are structured to help States identify strengths and areas needing improvement within their agencies and programs. PA’s Second Round Review was July 28-Aug. 1, 2008.
ACF Exit Conference
OCYF Presentation to CCAP
ACF CFSR Website