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 Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Implementation of the Dec. 2016 Final Rule - An Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) soliciting comments and a NPRM proposing to provide an additional two fiscal years to comply with the AFCARS requirements in the December 2016 final rule were published in the Federal Register on March 15, 2018. Find additional information in What's New in Laws and Policies.

Last Reviewed: April 13, 2018