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Use the “Child and Family Services Review Data Profile Quick Reference” to help you better understand your state’s performance on statewide data indicators related to the safety and permanency of children served by the child welfare system.

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Learn about the CFSR recurrence of maltreatment indicator, which measures whether an agency prevented subsequent maltreatment of a child.

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Get the information you need to understand, and confidently explain CFSR data indicators to a variety of audiences.

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Learn about the CFSR indicator, permanency in 12 months for children in care 12 to 23 months, which measures timely, safe, and permanent reunification.

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Learn about the CFSR indicator, permanency in 12 months for children in care 24 months or more, a measures of longer-term permanency success.

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Learn how the reentry to foster care information CFSR indicator is  used to measure an agency’s success in reunification and other permanency goals.

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Get information and data on the CFSR indicator for measuring how well an agency helps prevent abuse or neglect of children in the state’s foster care system.

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Learn about the placement stability CFSR indicator, which measures stability after an agency removes children from their home for foster care.

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Learn to use the CFSR Round 3 SPSS syntax to calculate observed performance for a state on all or selected statewide data indicators.

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Brush up on the CFSR Round 3 SPSS syntax to calculate observed performance on statewide data indicators. 

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Supports agencies in coordinating strategic and long-term planning, monitoring, and reporting processes. This brief includes tips and strategies to help agency Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) leads, continuous quality improvement and evaluation staff, and others coordinate and integrate CFSP and Annual Progress and Services Review development with the CFSR and other planning and improvement efforts. It also features a resource list of guidance and tools and a matrix that crosswalks elements of major federal planning and improvement processes.

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Addresses the importance of meaningful stakeholder engagement in child welfare agency strategic planning. The brief also discusses potential barriers to stakeholder engagement, provides strategies for overcoming them, and suggests actionable steps for achieving meaningful stakeholder engagement in strategic planning processes.

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Discusses tips and strategies to effectively engage and sustain the involvement of families and youth at the agency level. Includes key tasks for authentic engagement, examples from the field and a tool of engagement with four primary ways to authentically engage youth and families.