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March 2015Vol. 16, No. 2Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: AFCARS

A Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) was published in the Federal Register on Monday, February 9, 2015, and will be open for comment until April 10, 2015. AFCARS is the only Federal national data set that collects case-level information on all children in foster care and children adopted with the involvement of the title IV-E (child welfare) agency. The NPRM proposes to update the AFCARS requirements and includes changes made as a result of the enactment of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351) and the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183). Comments on the proposed rule can be submitted at on or before April 10, 2015.

The Children's Bureau published an Information Memorandum (IM) that provides State, Tribal, and territorial title IV-E agencies with information about the publication of the AFCARS NPRM. Access IM-15-01: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for AFCARS Authorized Under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act at

A presentation providing an overview of the NPRM is also available on the Children's Bureau website at