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Story Planning and Monitoring 6-4

Chapter 2   Assistance to States & Tribes

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Planning and Monitoring – The Children’s Bureau helps States and Tribes plan and monitor child welfare services as mandated by Congress to promote positive outcomes for children and families.
Planning and monitoring activities include the following:
  • The Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP), a 5-year strategic plan completed by each State, sets forth a vision and goals to help integrate programs that serve children and families and strengthen the State’s overall child welfare system.
  • The Annual Progress and Services Report provides annual updates on the progress made toward accomplishing the goals and objectives in the CFSP.
  • Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) ensure that State child welfare practice conforms to Federal requirements, determine what is actually happening to children and families as they move through the system, and help States improve services on behalf of children and families.
  • Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Eligibility Reviews determine whether children in foster care and the facilities they reside in meet Federal requirements.
  • The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS), and National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) Assessment Reviews assess and evaluate States’ adoption, foster care, and child welfare data systems and files to assess system functionality and ensure high-quality data are available for the Bureau’s CFSR and other reports.

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