Identify data sources to explore your state’s system of foster and adoptive parent licensing, recruitment, and retention.
While preparing for the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), child welfare agency staff and their partners can use this Systemic Factor Data Planning Worksheet to consider evidence of the functioning of foster and adoptive parent licensing, recruitment, and retention. The worksheet helps teams explore the consistent application of state standards for licensing foster family homes and institutions, compliance with criminal background checks, diligent recruitment of foster and adoptive families that reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of children and young people who need homes, and the use of cross-jurisdictional resources for permanent placements.
Complete the worksheet’s fillable tables to:
- Document the available data sources that can be used to respond to Statewide Assessment questions and demonstrate systemic factor functioning
- Plan to fill identified data gaps and address data limitations
The tool draws from and should be used with the more comprehensive information presented in Assessing Systemic Factor Functioning Using Data and Evidence. After completing this worksheet, use similar worksheets to identify data sources for other systemic factors.