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NSCAW State Child Welfare Agency Survey: Report

Published: June 15, 2001
Abuse, Neglect, Adoption & Foster Care
National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), 1997-2014 and 2015-2022 | Learn more about this project
NSCAW I: Baseline Reports

To study the children and families who come in contact with the child welfare system-their characteristics, needs, experiences, and outcomes--the Children’s Bureau of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has undertaken the NSCAW. Although the study’s primary focus is child-level information collected directly from children, families, caregivers, caseworkers, and teachers, its researchers have also collected data from administrators in local and state child welfare agencies. These data from agencies provide a current snapshot, from an administrator’s point of view, of how child welfare services are organized and delivered and give context to and inform the child- and family-level data being collected.

This report provides a cross-sectional national overview of child welfare services as reported by 46 state administrators who participated in the State Agency Discussion Guide interview.

Last Reviewed: April 29, 2019