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Story Federal and State Reporting Systems 8-1

Chapter 3   Research & Data

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Federal and State Reporting Systems – The Children’s Bureau administers Federal and State reporting systems that provide data to monitor and improve child welfare outcomes.
These include the following:
  • Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) collects case-level information on all children in foster care for whom State child welfare agencies have responsibility for placement, care, or supervision and all children who are adopted under the auspices of a State public child welfare agency.
  • National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) is a voluntary national data collection and analysis system.
  • The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) collects case-level information on youth in foster care, including the services paid for or provided by the State agencies that administer the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP), as well as outcome information on youth who are in or who have aged out of foster care.
  • Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) is a comprehensive automated case management tool that supports social workers’ foster care and adoptions assistance case management practice.
  • Child Welfare Outcomes (CWO) is both a data site and an annual Report to Congress. The data are drawn from AFCARS and NCANDS to provide State and national information on child welfare.
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