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.

  • Review Site Visual (English and Spanish), part of the State Planning Package, shows a typical onsite review office layout at the major metropolitan site and rural sites.
  • Reviewer Brief: Rating CFSR OSRI Item 12: Assessment of Needs and Provision of Services discusses CFSR questions related to the quality, accuracy, and comprehensiveness of needs assessments and how the agency ensures provision of appropriate services to meet the identified needs of children, parents, and foster/pre-adoptive parents.
  • The CFSR Round 4 Statewide Data Indicators Workbook provides detailed, state-by-state performance on the CFSR Round 4 statewide data indicators and comparisons to national performance for the most recent 12-month reporting period.
  • The October 2022 edition of the CFSR Update includes information on the Round 4 Year 1 schedule; recruitment for agile staff; the release of the Round 4 Procedures Manual, Online Monitoring System, data profiles, and visualizations; new resources added to the portal; and the Child Welfare Expo.
  • The CFSR Procedures Manual is a comprehensive guide to Round 4 CFSR processes and procedures, including the overall framework; the statewide assessment process; the onsite review; case sampling; stakeholder interviews; determination of substantial conformity; systemic improvement; and developing, implementing, and monitoring the Program Improvement Plan. Appendices include State-Led Review criteria, timeframes, logistics, and planning materials; and statewide data indicators and AFCARS data quality checks.
  • Changes in CFSR Statewide Data Indicator Performance Throughout Round 3 explores changes in performance since the start of Round 3. To do this, the analyses provided in this briefing are based on data periods corresponding to the earliest cohorts used in Round 3 to set national performance5 and the most recent cohorts presented in the last data profile released before the start of Round 4, roughly bookending Round 3.
  • Reviewer Brief: Calculating 15 Out of 22 Months for the Purpose of Meeting TPR Requirement provides instructions on how 15 out of the 22 most recent months should be calculated for children in foster care for CFSR purposes. The termination of parental rights (TPR) requirement, as outlined in the Social Security Act at § 475(5)(E), requires states to make timely decisions regarding permanency for children in foster care by having states and applicable Tribes file a TPR petition when a child has been in foster care for at least 15 of the most recent 22 months, and an exception or a compelling reason does not apply.
  • Assessing Systemic Factor Functioning Using Data and Evidence is a compilation of briefs that highlight the importance of collecting and using quality data and information so child welfare agencies and their partners can assess and routinely monitor statewide functioning of systemic factors. The compilation suggests sources of relevant information and data that child welfare agencies and their partners can investigate to explore the systemic factor federal requirement in their efforts to demonstrate the statewide functioning of each systemic factor. It also provides states with questions about areas related to a systemic factor that may be worth further consideration but extend beyond what is required under the CFSR regulation. This resource also provides questions to ensure that states consider how their systems identify and address racial inequities, and include the voices of parents, children, and youth from underserved and marginalized communities.
  • More materials are available under CFSR Round 4 Resources.