CB Funded Research

The Children’s Bureau funds research in collaboration with other organizations. Some of these reports are provided here, along with other relevant data and research.

A Report to Congress on Barriers and Success Factors in Adoptions from Foster Care: Perspectives of Families and Staff Supported by the Adoption Opportunities Program - This report outlines the findings of two adoption research studies that identified the child, family, and agency factors that presented as barriers or promoters of successful adoptions from foster care.

A Report to Congress on Interjurisdictional Adoption of Children in Foster Care - This report describes the nature, scope, and impact of interjurisdictional adoption placement efforts and the strategies that improve outcomes for children in foster care who are placed for adoption in other jurisdictions.

A Report to Congress on States' Use of Waivers of Non-Safety Licensing Standards for Relative Foster Family Homes - This report describes States' data on the number of children in foster care placed in relative foster family homes, a description and assessment of the types of non-safety licensing standards waived; and States' strategies for increasing licensing among relative caregivers.

Chafee Independent Living Evaluation Project - The goal of this project is to identify programs that can be rigorously evaluated and to determine the effects of the Chafee Foster Care Independence program in achieving key outcomes for participating youth. This evaluation was established by the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999.

Child Welfare Systems' Responses to Children of Color - This project was funded to review research examining the child welfare system's response to children of color, to identify programs and practices that address perceived racial or cultural disparities within the system, and to pilot intensive qualitative observational studies on policies and practices regarding services for children of color in the child welfare system.

Family Preservation and Family Support Services Program (FP/FS) - This study evaluates how states and communities implemented the FP/FS program, the ways in which program implementation altered the pre-existing service delivery system, and the effects this had on service delivery.

Feasibility of Evaluating the State Court Improvement Program Volume I: Final Report and Feasibility of Evaluating the State Court Improvement Program Volume II: Evaluability Assessment Site Visit Summaries - The purpose of these evaluability assessments was to determine the feasibility of evaluating state Court Improvement program (CIP) projects.

Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4) - The NIS–4 was mandated by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, as amended by the Keeping Children and Families Safe Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-36). The study provides updated estimates of the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the United States, measures changes in these estimates from earlier studies, and examines the incidence of child maltreatment in relation to various subgroups defined by the child, family, or household characteristics. A report to Congress is available from the ACF Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

LONGSCAN Reports - The website of the Consortium of Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN) provides information about the study, sample demographics, measures utilized, and more.

Implementation of Promoting Safe and Stable Families by Indian Tribes (PSSF) - The purpose of this study was to examine the ways in which Indian tribes used funds received under title IV-B, subpart 2 to provide services that strengthen families' abilities to care for their children.

National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) - The purpose of NSCAW was to assess what happens to the children and families who come in contact with the child welfare system.

Terminating the Parental Rights of Older Children (TPR) - This project provides a descriptive study of the effects of the termination of parental rights on older foster youths' foster care and adoptive experiences.

Last Reviewed: June 26, 2019