The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) is a nationally representative, longitudinal survey of children and families who have been the subjects of investigation by Child Protective Services. There have been two cohorts of children enrolled in the survey, which makes available data drawn from first-hand reports from children, parents, and other caregivers, as well as reports from caseworkers, teachers, and data from administrative records. NSCAW examines child and family well-being outcomes in detail and seeks to relate those outcomes to experience with the child welfare system and to family characteristics, community environment, and other factors.
In September 2015, the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in collaboration with the Children’s Bureau awarded a contract to RTI International to carry out the third cohort of NSCAW (NSCAW III). An overarching goal of NSCAW III is to maintain the strengths of previous work, while:
- better positioning the study to address the changing child welfare population, and
- increasing the project’s overall utility.
Baseline and 18-month follow-up data collection is currently ongoing. Two new sub-studies will take advantage of the NSCAW sampling frame and data: a descriptive study of the child welfare workforce, and a study of service needs and utilization for children and caregivers in Kinship Care settings.
Point(s) of contact: Christine Fortunato.
Information collections related to this project have been reviewed and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs under OMB #0970-0202. Related materials are available on at the NSCAW III Information collection page on RegInfo.gov Visit disclaimer page .
The most currently approved document are accessible by clicking on the ICR Ref. No. with the most recent conclusion date. To access the information collections (e.g. interviews, surveys, protocols), click on View Information Collection (IC) List. Click on View Supporting Statement and Other Documents to access other supplementary documents.