Technical Bulletins

This section contains the technical bulletins created by the Children’s Bureau to supplement official guidance and assist states in understanding and preparing for child welfare monitoring reviews.

2021

Technical Bulletin #13

This Technical Bulletin provides information on measurement and case review sampling for Round 4 of the Child and Family Services Reviews.

2020

CFSR Technical Bulletin #12

This Technical Bulletin (TB) announces the next round of CFSRs the Children's Bureau plans to begin in federal fiscal year 2022. The bulletin provides a high-level overview of the reviews, outlines improvements to strengthen the CFSR process, and provides information on the scheduling of reviews for CFSR Round 4. The Children's Bureau will provide future guidance and hold calls with states to share more information about the process and procedures before the start of the reviews.

CFSR Technical Bulletin #11

This TB provides information about adjustments the Children’s Bureau is making when setting and evaluating the attainment of case review measurement goals for Program Improvement Plans. These changes apply to the third round of the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) and amend information provided in CFSR Technical Bulletin #9, Section IIC.

2019

CFSR Technical Bulletin #10

This Technical Bulletin (TB) provides the Administration for Children and Families' response to comments solicited in the November 27, 2018, Federal Register Notice (83 FR 60874) inviting state child welfare agencies, partner organizations, and the public to review, test, and provide comments on the revised syntax that performs data quality checks and calculates observed performance on the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) statewide data indicators.

2016

CFSR Technical Bulletin #9 (Transmittal Letter)

This cover letter transmits CFSR Technical Bulletin #9 (link below). It also includes the "List of CFSR Round 3 Statewide Data Indicators Issues as of Publication."

CFSR Technical Bulletin #9

This TB rescinds TB#8A and establishes a new plan for use of statewide data indicators and national standards as context data for the third round of the CFSRs. The new TB reissues and revises applicable guidance formerly from TB#8A on program improvement plan measurement methods to reflect the change in the use of the statewide data indicators.

2015

CFSR Technical Bulletin #8A, Amended (Final)

This TB has been rescinded by TB #9, above. TB #8A accompanied the amended (May 13, 2015) Final Notice of Statewide Data Indicators and National Standards for the CFSRs published in the Federal Register (link below). This information was specific to the third round of the CFSRs, and provided technical detail on how the Children's Bureau calculated whether a state had met national standards and on establishing program improvement goals relative to the statewide data indicators for states not meeting the national standards.

CFSR Technical Bulletin #8A (Transmittal Letter)

This cover letter transmitted CFSR Technical Bulletin #8A (link below), which has been rescinded by TB #9, above.

2014

CFSR Technical Bulletin #7 (Cover Letter)

This cover letter transmitted CFSR Technical Bulletin 7, which announced the third round of the CFSRs.

CFSR Technical Bulletin #7 (Final)

Technical Bulletin #7 announced the third round of the CFSRs. It described changes to the review process and provided information on scheduling.