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CENTER FOR STATES

Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs)

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.

Access Center resources below to get ready for CFSR Round 4. For more CFSR background information, guidance, and instruments, visit the Children’s Bureau’s CFSRs webpage or CFSR Information Portal (Child Welfare Reviews Project).

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Reflect on past results to inform plans for future improvements.

CFSR Statewide Data Indicators

Find information about using CFSR statewide data indicators to assess performance on child safety and permanency outcomes. Updated for Round 4!

CFSR Round 4 Planning and Implementation Tools

Access tools to help teams prepare for Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Round 4 data activities, adopt an integrated approach, engage lived experts, and more. 

Strategic Planning in Child Welfare

Explore considerations and tools to support coordinated strategic and long-term planning, monitoring, and review processes.

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 Year 1 jurisdictions. Jurisdictions in subsequent years will become eligible for membership as they are announced on the CFSR portal. The membership includes CFSR Managers/Leads, Child Welfare Directors, Case Review Coordinators, CQI Managers/Leads, Court Improvement Administrators, Legal/Judicial stakeholders, Data System Managers, Data Analysts, individuals with lived experience, stakeholders relevant 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.