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.

Last Reviewed: August 23, 2018