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AFCARS

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. Examples of data reported in AFCARS include demographic information on the foster child as well as the foster and adoptive parents, the number of removal episodes a child has experienced, the number of placements in the current removal episode, and the current placement setting. Title IV-E agencies are required to submit the AFCARS data twice a year based on two 6-month reporting periods.

About AFCARS - General information about AFCARS.

AFCARS Policy Guidance and Resources - Policy issuances related to AFCARS as well as other resources, such as the Technical Bulletins.

AFCARS Assessment Review - Current information on AFCARS Assessment Reviews, including final reports.

Guide to an AFCARS Assessment Review - Guidance for title IV-E agency child welfare program and technology staff regarding the AFCARS Assessment Review process.

AFCARS Final Rule - A rule finalizing the information required to be reported was published in the Federal Register on May 12, 2020 (85 FR 28410). Find additional information on What's New in Laws and Policies.

Webinars and Training Materials - Links to recordings of webinars and training materials on the implementation of the AFCARS Final Rule.

Last Reviewed: July 30, 2020