Now that I have figured out how to again access AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Children’s Bureau) Website, I decided to do some exploring tonight and discovered Reports and Results of the Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSRs)
This section has Child and Family Service Reviews for all 50 states.Â What they are is Federal reviews of the Children and Family Services Programs of each state and evaluates how they are meeting federal guidelines for Abuse investigations, foster placements, permanency placement and outcomes, etc. for one of the most recent versions of CAPTA (The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act).
The reviews compare how well the state meets the goals of the legislation in the late 90’s compared to how they did in the early 2000’s. I found it fairly interesting reading and I think by reading them you can get a pretty good indication as to the direction your state is headed in it’s children and family services program. It will also help you familiarize yourself with some of the goals and guidelines of the federal legislation and why your state may do some of the things they do.
There is also a CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICE REVIEW PROGRAM IMPROVEMENT PLAN for the states, more semi-interesting ready, as well as other reports.