NSCAW Local Child Welfare Agency Survey: Report

Published: June 15, 2001
Abuse, Neglect, Adoption & Foster Care
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NSCAW I: Baseline Reports

To learn what happens to the children and families who come in contact with the child welfare system, the Children’s Bureau of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has undertaken the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW). The first national longitudinal study of its kind, NSCAW is examining the characteristics, needs, experiences, and outcomes for these children and families. This study, authorized under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), also will provide information about crucial program, policy, and practice issues of concern to the Federal government, state and local governments, and child welfare agencies. This is the first such study to relate child and family well-being to family characteristics, experience with the child welfare system, community environment, and other factors.

NSCAW is gathering information associated with 6,100 children from public child welfare agencies in a stratified random sample of 92 localities across the United States. This report provides the first national look at the characteristics of child welfare services (CWS) as described by child welfare services managers. The Local Agency Survey was conducted during the opening wave of data collection for NSCAW and offers the field a picture of the way child welfare services operated during 1999-2000.

The information was collected from local child welfare administrators in two stages. Field staff assigned to each primary sampling unit (PSU) interviewed child welfare agency directors (Local Agency Directors Interview, see Appendix A). At the end of that interview, directors were asked to complete the Self-Administered Questionnaire (see Appendix B), which included questions focusing on staff resources, foster care resources, and service activities for the most recent fiscal year.

Last Reviewed: April 29, 2019