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State & Tribal Child and Family Services Plan

In order to receive federal funding under title IV-B, a state or tribal agency requesting title IV-B funds must submit a 5-year Child and Family Services Plans (CFSP) and Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs). The CFSP is a strategic plan that sets forth a state’s or tribe’s vision and goals to strengthen its child welfare system. It outlines initiatives and activities that the state or tribe will carry out over the next 5 years to administer and integrate programs and services to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. The APSR provides an annual update on the progress made by states or tribes toward the goals and objectives in their CFSPs and outlines the planned activities for the upcoming fiscal year.

The goals and objectives of the CFSP must address improved outcomes in the following areas:

  • Permanency for children
  • Well-being of children and their families
  • The nature, scope, and adequacy of existing child and family and related social services

States or tribes must base the development of each subsequent 5-year CFSP on a final review of the accomplishments and identified needs from the previous CFSP, including any new information (45 CFR 1357.16(f)).

There are a number of programs covered by the CFSP and APSR, including the following:

Information on Developing a CFSP/APSR

State CFSP/APSR Toolkit - This toolkit provides resources to help states develop their CFSPs and APSRs.

Tribal CFSP/APSR Toolkit - This toolkit provides resources to help tribes develop their CFSPs and APSRs.

Information for Insular Areas - The Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands may each submit consolidated grant applications in accordance with 45 CFR Part 97. These jurisdictions do not need to submit an APSR as described in this PI if they choose to have their title IV-B, subparts 1 and/or 2 (including the monthly caseworker visit funds) and/or CAPTA allotments included in a consolidated grant, and may expend these funds under authority of another program that is available for consolidation. If an Insular Area chooses to consolidate its application for title IV-B, subparts 1 and/or 2, and/or CAPTA, it must notify its Children’s Bureau Regional Office in writing of its intent by June 30 of each year.

Information on Current and Prior CFSPs/APSRs

State CFSP/APSR Information - This webpage allows users to search state CFSPs and APSRs.

Tribal CFSP/APSR Information - This webpage allows users to search tribal CFSPs and APSRs.

The Children’s Bureau conducted a review of state 2015-2019 Child and Family Services Plans (CFSP) and drafted a report - The report, “States’ Consultation and Collaboration with Tribes and Reported Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act: Information from States’ and Tribes’ 2015–2019 Child and Family Services Plans” summarizes information related to state implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), and consultation and collaboration with tribes. The report also includes information reported in a sample of tribes’ CFSPs pertaining to ways in which states consulted and collaborated with tribes.

Last Reviewed: June 27, 2019