A Children’s Code authorizes a court to provide protection for children and potentially intervene for the general welfare of a child whose health, welfare, and safety are at risk. Children’s Codes provide definitions of abuse and neglect and contain laws pertaining to abuse and neglect reports and investigations.
Child welfare and social services agencies must work in collaboration with juvenile and family courts. Both are responsible for protecting children and ensuring their safety, health, and well-being. Tribal courts may take their roles farther when working with their Tribe’s child welfare and social services departments by ensuring culturally competent services are provided to strengthen families and support reunification.
Transitioning or expanding a jurisdiction’s capability to adjudicate child welfare civil cases means courts must both prepare their judicial and court staff to handle a different type of civil case as well as to develop new or strengthen current relationships with caseworkers; practitioners; service providers; and, at times, other court systems.
This webinar was the seventh session in the AFCARS Final Rule Training Series. For this webinar, the Children's Bureau shared two new Technical Bulletins:
Technical Bulletin 22: Reporting Population and Data Extraction
Technical Bulletin 23: Compliance and Data Quality
And a revised version of the previously released Technical Bulletin 21:File Structure and Encryption. There was also an opportunity to continue to ask questions so that the Children’s Bureau may develop relevant technical assistance resources. We encourage you to submit any questions to AFCARS@acf.hhs.gov.