Responding to Nationwide Performance on Round 3 of the Child and Family Services Review

Round 3 of the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs), conducted between 2015 and 2018, identified urgent areas of need across jurisdictions. Responding to these needs is a top priority for the Children’s Bureau. The resources below can help support agencies as they respond to these urgent areas of need, including accurate assessments, timely permanency, and family engagement.

Learning Experiences

(Available on CapLEARN; registration required)

Videos and Recorded Webinars With Discussion Guides

  • Buzzwords: Moving Beyond Behavioral Descriptors video, discussion guide and tip sheet describes what buzzwords are and illustrates the impact they can have on children and families. Materials also demonstrate how to recognize buzzwords frequently used in child welfare reporting and documentation, and offers strategies for transforming subjective language into objective, behavior-based descriptors
  • It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care Discussion Guides and Video Series illustrates the complex dynamics of family relationships and caregiver support needs through real-life stories of kinship caregivers and shows how strengthening these diverse families can help achieve positive outcomes for children.


Peer Groups

The following peer groups can help connect child welfare professionals working on responding to urgent areas of need identified by Round 3 of the CFSR. Visit the Center’s Current Peer Groups page for more information or to sign up for a peer group.

Peer Group
Hotline/Intake/Screening Managers (HISM)
State Liaison Officers (SLOs)
Children’s Justice Act (CJA) Grantees
State Foster Care Managers
Family Leaders in Child Welfare Community of Practice

Virtual Events

Visit the Center’s Events page to learn about upcoming events focused on building community-based collaborative programs.

The Center also offers tailored services to states and jurisdictions to help build agency capacity for responding to urgent areas of need identified by the CFSR. For more information, contact your State Liaison.