This technical bulletin provides agencies with information required to create the AFCARS data files. It provides technical specifications on the structural layout of the XML data and shares the XML schema for the Out-of-Home Care File and the Adoption and Guardianship Assistance File. It also covers information on encryption of the file records.
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 report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2019. As states are permitted to resubmit AFCARS data, the estimates may change over time. This report reflects all AFCARS data received as of June 23, 2020 related to AFCARS reporting periods through September 30, 2019.
This brief describes two Children’s Bureau programs through which young adults provide technical assistance to states about child welfare issues: the Young Adult Consultant program and the National Youth in Transition Database Reviewers program.
This Information Memoranda (IM) provides information on best practices, resources, and recommendations for using foster care as a support for families in a way that mitigates the trauma of removal for the child and parents, expedites safe and successful reunification, and improves parent and child well-being outcomes. This Information Memorandum (IM) emphasizes the importance of state and tribal child welfare communities building and supporting relationships between resource families and parents to facilitate improved engagement of parents, promote timely reunification, build protective capacities in parents, and strengthen overall child and family well-being, while ensuring child safety.
This letter to child welfare leaders announces an updated postponement of the Title IV-E Foster Care Eligibility Reviews and National Youth in Transition Database Reviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This letter extends the postponement announced in the March 18, 2020, letter.
NEW LEGISLATION – Public Law (P.L.) 116-127, Section 6008 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, and P.L. 116-136, Section 3720 and Title VIII of Division B of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
This Information Memorandum (IM) provides information to title IV-B/IV-E agencies of the enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act and to provide basic information on the new laws.