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This technical assistance document provides guidance to title IV-E agencies about incorporating cloud service models, such as Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service into child welfare information systems. 

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 state panel discussion addressed how states are approaching planning, development, and technology support for key program initiatives (Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP), Prevention, and Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS)).  Panelists from Florida, Missouri, and Ohio shared updates, progress, and challenges.

This webinar addressed critical topics for consideration by title IV-E agencies when writing data quality plans.  It discussed biennial review requirements and shared lessons learned (strengths and areas of improvement) from ACF's review and approval of data quality plans in the first two years after the CCWIS transition period.

This webinar was the first session in the AFCARS Final Rule Training Series. This webinar provides an on the overview of Technical Bulletin 20, published October 29, 2020.  It includes a brief description and provides examples for the AFCARS 2020 out-of-home care and adoption and guardianship assistance data elements on the final rule.  It also provided guidance and direction to questions submitted on prior webinars.

This webinar summarized the different Advance Planning Documents (Planning, Implementation, Annual, As-Needed, and Operational) and then advised how to compose quality Advance Planning Documents.  This webinar included suggestions to save time and simplify the process, and tips on dos and don'ts that affect approval.  

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 guide provides an overview of the challenges child welfare researchers and evaluators may face in conducting research and collecting data remotely and offers strategies and recommendations to address them. It reviews how to adapt evaluation designs, select and employ virtual data-collection technologies, maintain data privacy, and collect qualitative data.

NYTD Technical Assistance Brief No. 13

Summary of Guidance, Tips and Recommendations Related to Surveying the Age 21 Follow-up Population (Federal Fiscal Year 2021)
September 17, 2020

This brief summarizes the existing guidance and recommendations related to identifying and surveying youth in the follow-up population at age 21.

Children's Bureau shared our current thinking on the answers to some of the questions submitted by title IV-E agencies. The webinar included questions and answers about the new data elements, so that the Children’s Bureau may develop relevant technical assistance resources.