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This workbook provides state-by-state performance data for Round 3 of the Child and Family Services Reviews in addition to national performance comparisons for the past 12-month reporting period included in data profiles transmitted to states in February 2021.

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.

This technical bulletin gives reporting instructions and provides examples for the AFCARS 2020 out-of-home care and adoption and guardianship assistance data elements. The regulation for each element is shown in a blue box. Following the regulation language, CB provides explanatory text, examples, differences between AFCARS 1993 and AFCARS 2020, and data reporting standards.

This issue of Child and Family Services Reviews Update contains the following sections: CFSR Round 3 Report for Legal and Judicial Communities Released, Statewide Data Indicator Profiles Updated, and Quality Assurance Overview Training.

This report describes the results of the National Youth in Transition Database review for Illinois.

This report analyzes the round 3 results from the Child and Family Services Reviews, highlights improvement projects from across the country, and provides recommendations for collaborations between child welfare agencies and the legal and judicial communities.

This Program Information sets forth the eligibility requirements and the grant application procedures for FY 2021 Children’s Justice Act (CJA) grants and provides the tentative State allocation table.

This report provides the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAPs) for fiscal years 2021 and 2022 as well as relevant per capita income data for tribes expressing interest in operating title IV-E programs.

This issue of Child and Family Services Reviews Update contains the following sections: New Reports Issued and CB Access to CQI Sites Post-PIP Monitoring.

This Information Memorandum (IM) urges all state and tribal title IV-E agencies, courts, administrative offices of the courts, and Court Improvement Programs to work together to ensure that parents, children and youth, and child welfare agencies, receive high quality legal representation at all stages of child welfare proceedings, and to maximize allowable title IV-E administrative reimbursement for children who are candidates for title IV-E foster care or who are in title IV-E foster care and their parent(s) in foster care legal proceedings.