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This Program Instruction (PI) notifies States of the new policy and procedures regarding the collection of funds resulting from penalties being assessed due to a State’s substantial failure to meet the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) standards and requirements in 45 CFR 1355.40.

AFCARS Report #23

June 30, 2016

This report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2015.

This is an overview presentation on the AFCARS final rule.

This document provides frequently asked questions about the AFCARS final rule.

AFCARS Report #24

November 30, 2017

This report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2016.

AFCARS Report #22

September 18, 2015

This report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2014. As states are permitted to resubmit AFCARS data, the estimates may change over time.

IM-16-01

Notice of Supplemental Proposed Rulemaking for collecting and reporting additional data elements related to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 in the AFCARS
April 8, 2016

This Information Memorandum (IM) informs state title IV-E agencies and tribes about the publication of the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rule Making (SNPRM) and where to submit comments.

IM-15-01

February 25, 2015

This Information Memorandum (IM) informs state and tribal title IV-E agencies about the publication of the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) and where to submit comments.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and the Children’s Bureau released a brief on the use of congregate care in the child welfare system. Through examining trends from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), federal, state, and local agencies were able to collect data elements which are designed to help policymakers and advocates better understand the population of children and youth who are likely to experience congregate care and what, if any, additional supports may be needed to further reduce reliance on it as a placement setting.

Data Quality Utility

September 3, 2012

The DQU performs comprehensive checks on AFCARS data to help title IV-E agencies assess and improve data quality.