Round 3 of the CFSRs

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

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


Combined Federal Register Announcement: Statewide Data Indicators and National Standards Round 3 - This document integrates corrections from the May 2015 update of the statewide data indicators and national standards (Round 3) into the original document.

Overview of CFSR Round 3 Statewide Data Indicators Syntax - This document provides an overview of the syntax and supporting files used by the Children's Bureau to calculate data quality, observed performance, and risk-standardized performance for the CFSR Round 3 Statewide Data Indicators.

CFSR State Performance Workbook - This workbook (amended May 2015) provides detailed, state-by-state performance on the CFSR Round 3 statewide data indicators, comparisons against the national standards, and baseline and improvement goals for states whose initial results indicate the need for a Program Improvement Plan.

Executive Summary of the Final Notice of Statewide Data Indicators and National Standards for Child and Family Services Reviews (Amended May 2015) - This is a summary of the Final Notice of Statewide Data Indicators and National Standards for Child and Family Services Reviews published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2014, as amended and re-issued on May 13, 2015.

Executive Summary of the Final Notice of Statewide Data Indicators and National Standards for Child and Family Services Reviews - This is a summary of the final rule published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2014, on the CFSR statewide data indicators and national standards.

Reports and Results of the Child and Family Services Reviews - The following reports are available by state: Statewide Assessments, CFSR Final Reports, PIPs, and Individual Key Findings Reports.

Instruments, Tools, and Guides for CFSRs

This section includes Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) instruments, reporting guidelines, and forms.

Onsite Review Tools

CFSR Procedures Manual - Describes the structure and process of the CFSRs, including the overall framework, the statewide assessment, the onsite review, case sampling, stakeholder interviews, determinations of substantial conformity, collaborating during the CFSRs, statewide data indicators, and the planning conference call schedule.

Criteria for Using State Case Review Process for CFSR Purposes - Provides supplementary material to Child and Family Services Review Technical Bulletin #7 about how to verify each state’s ability to meet the case review criteria in that bulletin

Child and Family Services Reviews OSRI Quality Assurance Guide - Provides information for quality assurance staff about ensuring that Onsite Review Instrument (OSRI) data are accurate, complete, and consistent

Child and Family Services Reviews Case-Related Interview Guides and Instructions - Presents case-related interview guides for use with children and youth, parents and caregivers, foster parents, and caseworkers

Reviewer Brief - Understanding the Federal Expectations for Rating Cases - Gives CFSR reviewers an overview of the practices that may lead to a Strength rating in a case as well as other issues to consider during the assessment

Case Rating Summary - Presents a summary scoring table for the outcomes and items for the third round of the CFSR

Quick Reference Items list - Lists the outcomes and items for the third round of the CFSR

Statewide Assessment - Describes the Statewide Assessment, which is the first stage of the CFSR process

Onsite Review Instrument and Instructions - Describes the onsite review, which is the second stage of the CFSR process

Stakeholder Interview Guide - Provides instructions and core questions for conducting the stakeholder interviews for the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs)

Stakeholder Interview Guide Supplemental - Provides supplemental information for the CFSR Stakeholder Interview Guide, including alternative language and phrases that may simplify assessment questions as well as descriptions of child welfare requirements

Guidance on Potential Data and Information That Can Be Used To Assess Systemic Factor Functioning - Provides guidance to the states regarding the use of data and information to assess systematic factor functioning

Program Improvement Planning Tools

Child and Family Services Review Program Improvement Plan Template - Provides a template states may use to submit their Program Improvement Plans to the Children’s Bureau

Child and Family Services Review Program Improvement Plan Progress Report - Provides a template states may use to submit their Program Improvement Plan Progress Reports to the Children’s Bureau

Last Reviewed: May 5, 2016