• September 2019
  • Vol. 20, No. 7

Current Theme or Topic

This month's issue of CBX focuses on round 3 of the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) and how states are measuring up to federal child welfare requirements pertaining to safety, permanency, and child and family well-being. Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, that emphasizes the importance of the CFSRs to improving the child welfare system and driving the changes needed to ensure children and families are served as they deserve to be served. The issue also includes a variety of resources and publications centered on the CFSRs and their outcomes.

  • A Necessary Reconnection
    Written by Jerry Milner It is not that often in a career that you have a chance to return to a project or initiative nearly 20 years after its inception. As one of the original designers of the...

  • Louisiana: A Program Improvement Plan Made Successful Through Agency and Court Collaboration
    Written by Rhenda Hodnett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., assistant secretary, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, Child Welfare Division; and Mark Harris, court improvement program...

  • Making Progress in Child Welfare
    Written by Ashley Malefyt, founder, Ottawa Fosters, Ottawa County, MichiganIt's no secret that the way we approach child welfare needs an overhaul. Ask any foster parent or frontline worker and...

  • The Child Welfare System Consists of More Than the Child Welfare Agency
    Written by Vivek S. Sankaran, clinical professor of law, University of Michigan Law SchoolWhen families come to the attention of child welfare agencies, they often have a multitude of challenges...

  • Looking Forward to Round 4 of the Child and Family Services Reviews
    Written by Jennifer Haight, supervisory children & family program specialist, Children's Bureau As we near the end of round 3 of the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) cycle, a process...

  • Using Child Welfare Data to Improve Federal Permanency Targets, Other Outcome Measures
    As the third round of the Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSRs) ended and final reports became available, data showed that states continue to struggle with meeting federal permanency targets...