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 is a brief presentation on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) soliciting comments and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing to provide an additional two fiscal years to comply with the AFCARS requirements in the December 2016 final rule that were published in the Federal Register on March 15, 2018.
The FRU can generate a report that provides an overview of the number and type of raw responses being generated for a particular data element to help title IV-E agencies assess and improve data quality.