• June 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 6

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CFSR Round 3 Resources for States

To help States and Tribes prepare for the third round of the Federal Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs), the Children's Bureau has made available several resources. Below is a list of existing materials.

  1. Child and Family Services Review Technical Bulletin #7– The technical bulletin, released in March, provides an overview and goals of the third round of monitoring reviews, outlines revisions to the CFSR process for Round 3, and lists the Bureau's criteria for determining whether States can use their own case review process. Additionally, the bulletin provides a schedule for the reviews, which will be staggered over 4 years. The bulletin is available on the Children's Bureau's website:
  2. Statewide Data Indicators and National Standards – The CFSRs determine States' substantial conformity with titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act by measuring performance on statewide data indicators on safety and permanency outcomes. Changes to the statewide indicators and calculating national standards on those indicators were announced in the Federal Register in April, and public comment on indicators and methods was open until May 23. Currently, the Bureau is taking public comment into consideration as it prepares the final data indicators and national standards, which will be announced in the coming months. The Federal Register Announcement is available here:
  3. PowerPoint Presentation – This presentation and accompanying transcript were given by Miranda Lynch Thomas with the Bureau's CFSR Unit and provide an overview of the Children's Bureau's process and rationale for making revisions to the Child and Family Services Reviews. The presentation walks through four major changes to the CFSR process with regard to the integration of the Child and Family Services Plan and Statewide Assessment, the use of stakeholder interviews for determining conformity for systemic factors, a State's ability to conduct case reviews for CFSR purposes, and revisions to the statewide data indicators and national standards. The PowerPoint is available on the CFSR Information Portal:
  4. Child and Family Services Reviews Information Portal – This website provides a one-stop-shop for information and resources pertaining to the CFSRs. In addition to the above-mentioned resources, information about Program Improvement Plans, procedure manuals, instruments, and rating and measurement information will be made available in the coming months through the CFSR portal. While the portal prompts users for log-in information, the Resources and E-Training Platform tabs are available to all users. Visit the portal here:

Be sure to check the Children's Bureau's website for additional information and resources:


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