Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

October 2005Vol. 6, No. 8The Role of State Legislators in the Child and Family Services Reviews

Through their roles in providing agency oversight, policy directives, and operational funding, State legislators can be key participants in efforts to reform child welfare systems. Three new publications from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) highlight the role of State legislators in the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) and how the reviews can be used to guide effective and long-term systemic change.

The first two papers, The Child and Family Services Reviews: The Role of State Legislators and Focusing on Child Welfare Systems: The Role of State Legislators, focus on the specific roles legislators can play in the review process and how they can effectively use CFSR data to guide the legislative agenda. The third paper, Focusing on Child Welfare Systems: Collaborating With State Legislators on Reform, addresses the role of agency staff in involving legislators in the review process.

The reports were produced for the Children's Bureau by NCSL and Johnson, Bassin & Shaw.

(Editor's note: The links are no longer available.) The NCSL website is at