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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 technical bulletin responds to title IV-E agency and other stakeholder frequently asked questions (FAQs) about published policies, including legal representation. The FAQs in this technical bulletin do not establish new policy or requirements or supersede existing laws or official guidance.

This technical bulletin provides information for title IV-E agencies on the title IV-E prevention program data collection timelines the Children’s Bureau (CB) will use to manage data submission.

This technical bulletin provides information for title IV-E agencies on the data elements to be submitted for each child who receives title IV-E prevention services, as required by the Family First Prevention Services Act.

CCWIS Technical Bulletin #6

CCWIS Data Quality Plan
November 28, 2018

This Technical Bulletin provides information to assist title IV-E agencies with developing a Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) Data Quality Plan.

CCWIS Technical Bulletin #5

CCWIS Cost Allocation
November 28, 2018

This Technical Bulletin (TB) provides title IV-E agencies with information regarding the process for allocating CCWIS project costs and the associated federal financial participation (FFP) funding implications. Understanding the cost allocation requirements and their impact on funding may influence how title IV-E agencies plan, design, develop, implement, and operate their CCWIS. This guidance is not applicable to a title IV-E agency that is developing or operating a non-CCWIS application.

CCWIS Technical Bulletin #4

Advance Planning Document Guidance for Agile Projects
August 22, 2018

This technical bulletin provides Advance Planning Document (APD) guidance to state and tribal title IV-E agencies planning to develop a child welfare information system utilizing an agile project management approach.

CCWIS Technical Bulletin #3

Modular Design and Review Guidance
July 3, 2018

This technical bulletin provides title IV-E agencies that choose to develop a Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) with information on a modular design approach and guidance on the assessment of modular design during the CCWIS automated function review.

This TB describes the data-quality checks that the federal NYTD system will conduct on state data files.

This TB describes the standards a NYTD data file must meet to comply with the provisions of the NYTD regulation found at 45 CFR 1356.85, including element-by-element details of the error-free information standards states must meet pursuant to 45 CFR 1356.85(a)(3) and 1356.85(b)(1).