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This is an overview presentation on the AFCARS final rule.

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.

This guide offers an up-to-date list of resources that can be used to inform and enhance the evaluations of child welfare initiatives funded through the Children’s Bureau discretionary grant program. It also serves as a general resource for researchers and evaluators in a range of health and human service fields. Resources included in the guide cover topics such as evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and reporting and using evaluation findings.

This document provides a description of each statewide data indicator and data quality check, including the numerators, denominators, risk adjustments, exclusions, and corresponding data notes.

This group of documents provides the syntax and supporting files in SPSS format that were used to calculate data quality and observed performance. Note: Syntax to calculate risk-standardized performance for each state uses a national, risk-adjusted model that requires child-level data from all states (i.e., national datasets) and thus cannot be replicated by states or other interested parties.

This guide from the Capacity Building Center for Courts describes best practices and other recommendations for remote or virtual court hearings in child welfare cases. 


Child Welfare Worker Safety in the time of COVID:

CDC Recommendations for In-Person Interactions with Families
July 28, 2020

The Children’s Bureau partnered the CDC to conduct a webinar on Child Welfare Worker Safety in the time of COVID: CDC Recommendations for In-Person Interactions with Families. The purpose of this webinar was to review relevant guidance and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 while conducting in-person interactions with children and families. Participants also heard how these recommendations are being implemented in practice in Massachusetts.

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.

This document supplements the information provided in Child and Family Services Review Technical Bulletin #7.

The Federal Parent Locator Service (FPLS), a service operated by the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), may be accessed by state child welfare agencies to locate and notify parents and other relatives of a child placed in foster care.