State Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources to help states develop their CFSPs and APSRs, including federal guidance and information about documents that must be submitted.

Federal Guidance

This section includes the regulatory reference, the current policy issuance, and additional information to assist states in developing their CFSPs and APSRs.

45 CFR 1357 - This webpage includes the text from the Code of Federal Regulations regarding child welfare issues.

CB-ACYF-PI-19-02 - This Program Instruction (PI) provides instruction to States on the June 30, 2018, submission of: (1) the first Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) to the 2015-2019 Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services (CWS), the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) and Monthly Caseworker Visit Grant programs; and the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program (CFCIP) and the Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Program; (2) the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) State Plan update; and (3) the CFS-101, Part I, Annual Budget Request, Part II, Annual Summary of Child and Family Services, and Part III, Annual Expenditure Report- Title IV-B, subparts 1 and 2, CFCIP, and ETV.

Submission Requirements

Match Calculator - This tool can calculate the state share of title IV-B expenditures.

Match Calculator - This tool can calculate the state share of Chafee Foster Care Independence program (CFCIP) expenditures.

The CFSP or APSR, as appropriate, must be accompanied by form CFS-101 and the required assurances and certifications. The CFS-101 provides both the format and instructions for documenting the requirements of the annual report required for the 5-year comprehensive CFSP in order for the state to receive funding.

The components of the CFSP submission due by June 30, 2019, are listed below:

Additional Information to Support Successful CFSPs and APSRs

Definitions of Child Welfare Activities Allowed Under Title IV-B Subparts 1 and 2 (compiled from the Social Security Act and 45 Code of Federal Regulations) - This document provides definitions of child welfare activities from the Social Security Act and title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Checklist for the June 30th, 2019 Child and Family Services Report (CFSP)/Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) Submission - This checklist describes all the required elements of states' CFSPs and APSRs. It was developed to help states ensure their submissions include all required elements. Items on the checklist have been shortened; see Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-19-02 for a complete description.

CFSP/APSR Reporting Schedule for States and Tribes - This document provides a schedule of the reporting requirements for states' and tribes' CFSPs and APSRs. Please note that 45 CFR 1357.16(b) says, "The State and Indian Tribe must send the CFSP required for the year and the CFS-101 to the appropriate ACF Regional Office no later than June 30 of the year prior to the fiscal year in which the services will be provided."

Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative - The Collaborative is a partnership among three centers—the Center for States, Center for Tribes, and Center for Courts. This new structure is designed to help public child welfare agencies, Tribes, and courts enhance and mobilize its assets to build capacity. The Collaborative delivers three types of outcome-driven services, including universal, constituency, and tailored.

Last Reviewed: September 30, 2019