Round 4 CFSR National Call Series

This Resource page includes materials related to the series of calls the Children's Bureau hosted in preparation for Round 4 of the CFSRs. The calls provide an overview of what states can expect for each of the components of the CFSR as well as the Children's Bureau's vision for advancing equity and inclusion in the CFSR.

  • The video, “CFSR Overview,” is now available on the portal’s Round 4 Resources page under the heading CFSR Round 4 Process. The video provides an overview of the CFSRs, including their history and purpose, process, and components.
  • The Layla Morgan Mock Case course has been posted on the Round 4 E-Learning Academy. The course will appear automatically on your My Catalog page. After you enroll, you can find it on the My Learning page.

  • A new FAQ for Item 3 has been posted regarding siblings of a Target Child who has been TPR’d but remains in foster care.
  • A new FAQ for Items 7 and 8 has been posted regarding visitation during short periods of separation.
  • A new FAQ that explains how to correctly identify the role of a child’s legal guardian(s) on the G2 Case Participant Table is now available under General Questions.
  • The Capacity Building Center for States supports state agencies in preparing for Round 4 of the CFSRs. The Center offers publications, tools, peer networking, and technical assistance to help child welfare agencies and their partners plan and implement all phases of CFSR Round 4, from Statewide Assessment planning through Program Improvement Plan development and implementation. The Capacity Building Center for States CFSR resources page is at https://capacity.childwelfare.gov/states/topics/cfsr
  • Guiding Principles, Framework, and Tools for the Program Improvement Plan Development Process provides guiding principles, a suggested framework, and resources and tools states can use when developing a quality Program Improvement Plan after their CFSR.
  • The Program Improvement Plan (PIP) is designed to create lasting and statewide systemic change in key areas identified in the CFSR, while also addressing the practice and systemic concerns found during the review that affect the system’s ability to meet the needs of children and families served. The state must submit the PIP to the Children’s Bureau (CB) Regional Office for approval within 90 calendar days from the date the state receives written notification from the CB that it is not operating in substantial conformity with any one of the seven outcomes or seven systemic factors in the CFSR.
  • Infographic: Connections Between the Court Improvement Program and the Child and Family Services Review is now available. Meaningful input from a broad array of legal and judicial stakeholders, and collaboration with other system partners, are useful not only for the CFSR and Program Improvement Plan processes but also for Court Improvement Program (CIP) projects. CIPs across the nation have projects in areas the CFSR examines. The data and evidence collected during the CFSR can be used to support CIP projects. This infographic summarizes common goals, associated CIP projects, and potential overlap with outcomes and systemic factors that are the focus of the CFSR.
  • More materials are available under CFSR Round 4 Resources.