Children's Bureau

Mission Statement

The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) collects case-level information from state and tribal title IV-E agencies on all children in foster care and those who have been adopted with title IV-E agency involvement.  Title IV-E agencies are required to submit AFCARS data semi-annually to the Children's Bureau.  The AFCARS report periods are October 1 through March 31 and April 1 through September 30.  Data for each report period are due no later than May 15 and November 14, respectively.

ACF uses AFCARS data for a number of reasons, including the following: