Child and Family Services Review Program Improvement Plan Development, Implementation, and Monitoring

The Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) enables 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 in enhancing 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 better outcomes for families and children. The Program Improvement Plan (PIP) is developed after the CFSR is concluded to address any challenges in meeting outcomes identified by the CFSR. The resources below can help states develop, implement, and monitor their CFSR PIPs.


  • Strategic Planning in Child Welfare presents practical information including guidance and tools to support coordinated strategic and long-term planning.
  • CFSR Statewide Data Indicators offer publications that describe the statewide data indicators and their use in assessing child safety and permanency outcomes. The website includes general information about the use of statewide data indicators in program improvement efforts, a publication series with indicator-specific information, resources for using syntax files to calculate and analyze performance, and FAQs.

Peer Groups

Center peer groups can help connect child welfare professionals who are conducting their CFSR or developing their PIP. Visit the Center’s Current Peer Groups page for more information or to sign up for a peer group.

Virtual Events

Visit the Center’s Events page to learn about upcoming events focused on CFSR PIP development.

The Center also offers jurisdiction-specific tailored services to states and jurisdictions to help build agency capacity for developing and implementing the CFSR PIP. For more information, contact your State Liaison.