The Center for States supports state agencies in preparing for Round 4 of the CFSRs. Explore Center resources to learn more about using data and evidence and engagement practices to examine performance and make system improvements.
Implemented as a joint effort between federal and state staff, the CFSR is a system improvement process aimed at achieving better outcomes for children, youth, and families who receive child welfare services.
The Center offers publications, tools, peer networking, and technical assistance to help child welfare agencies and their partners plan and implement all phases of CFSR Round 4, from Statewide Assessment planning through Program Improvement Plan (PIP) development and implementation. Center resources can help states assess performance on statewide data indicators, strengthen their effective use of data and evidence, focus on equity, and engage young people and families with lived experience and other system partners throughout the CFSR. Resources also support agencies with aligning the CFSR and PIP processes with the state’s Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR), prevention and court improvement planning, and other federal and state continuous quality improvement (CQI) and implementation efforts.
Use this discussion guide with the “Reflecting on Racial Equity and the Child and Family Services Review” video to facilitate team discussions about your agency’s current practice and opportunities to take action.
Identify data sources to explore how well your state’s case review system is functioning.
Child and Family Services Review Round 4 Community of Practice (CFSR Round 4 CoP)
The Child and Family Services Review Round 4 Community of Practice promotes collaboration and learning among states or territories engaged in Round 4 of the Child and Family Services Review. Its focus includes the components of the CFSR and the priorities of the Children’s Bureau in Round 4 including robust use of data and evidence, engagement of those with lived experience, and advancing racial equity. It is currently open to Years 1 and 2 jurisdictions. The membership includes CFSR Managers/Leads, Child Welfare Directors, Case Review Coordinators, CQI Managers/Leads, Court Improvement Administrators, Legal/Judicial partners, Data System Managers, Data Analysts, individuals with lived experience and lived expertise, relevant partners to an individual jurisdiction and anyone who is part of a jurisdiction’s CFSR planning and implementation team. Membership is open to those who meet the criteria and must be approved by the Children’s Bureau.
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)/Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Managers
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)/Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Managers Peer Group promotes collaboration among state or territory CQI and CFSR managers to achieve quality improvements in child welfare practice and positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. Members of this group include managers who oversee statewide assessment reports, Program Improvement Plans and case reviews, and staff responsible for Child and Family Services Plans. Membership is open to those who meet the criteria and must be approved by the Children’s Bureau.
Consider strategies to apply an equity and inclusion framework to each phase of the CFSR and use data and evidence to identify and address disparities in services and outcomes among people of color, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, and others who have been underserved or marginalized.
Hear insights from Year 1 states and discover resources to assist your agency in strategically planning, utilizing data, and engaging community members and those with lived experience in CFSR Round 4 activities.
Explore resources to help child welfare agencies strategically plan and prepare for CFSR Round 4 by building on progress and lessons learned from other planning, reporting, and program improvement efforts.