Child & Family Services Reviews (CFSRs)

The Children's Bureau conducts the CFSRs, which are periodic reviews of state child welfare systems, to achieve three goals:

  • Ensure conformity with federal child welfare requirements
  • Determine what is actually happening to children and families as they are engaged in child welfare services
  • Assist states in helping children and families achieve positive outcomes

After a CFSR is completed, states develop a Program Improvement Plan (PIP) to address areas in their child welfare services that need improvement.

General Information and Overview of the CFSR Process

This section includes information, legislation, policies, and fact sheets for the CFSRs. It also includes issues of the Child and Family Services Reviews Update newsletter.

Round 3 of the CFSRs

This page contains CFSR information relevant to the reviews conducted between 2015 and 2018.

Rounds 1 and 2 of the CFSRs

This page contains information for the reviews conducted between 2001 and 2010.

CFSR Reviewers for the Child and Family Services Reviews

This section provides information about the recruitment and training of child welfare professionals to serve as CFSR Reviewers for the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) to supplement the Federal Review Team.

The Child Welfare Reviews Project assists the Children's Bureau in administering the CFSRs. The project's responsibilities include recruiting and training CFSR Reviewers. Please direct inquiries about applying to be a CFSR Reviewer to:

Child Welfare Reviews Project
Attn: CFSRs
JBS International, Inc.
5515 Security Lane, Suite 800
North Bethesda, MD  20852-5007
E-mail:, Subject: CFSR Reviewer Application

Promising Approaches

This section provides information about innovative efforts in child welfare implemented by States to meet the needs of children and families. These approaches are recognized as potential contributions toward good child welfare practice.

Last Reviewed: November 5, 2015