Preparation Checklist for Engagement of Young People and Families in the CFSR

Set the groundwork for meaningful engagement of people with lived experience in the CFSR.

Publication year: 2023
Capacity Building Center for States


When young people and family members with lived experience in child welfare participate in the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), state child welfare systems gain valuable insight into what’s working and what isn’t in current child welfare services and generate ideas for improvements. 

Use this checklist to identify and put in place needed infrastructure and supports that set the stage for meaningful and ongoing engagement practices. The fillable worksheets will help state CFSR teams consider foundational elements for youth and family engagement (e.g., outreach and communication plans, compensation, training, coaching, and feedback loops), document current status, and assess where attention is needed. Tips are included for how each element can be made even better to meet best practice characteristics. 

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States. (2023). Preparation checklist for engagement of young people and families in the CFSR. CFSR round 4 planning and implementation tool. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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