CFSR Round 4 Process

This section includes the CFSR Procedures Manual; information on logistics, recruitment, and state planning; and Fact Sheets.

Advancing Equity and Inclusion Through the CFSRs

White House Executive Order 139851 elevates the focus on advancing racial equity and support for underserved and adversely affected communities through the federal government. This includes people of color, people who identify as LGBTQ+, children and families living with persistent poverty, and other individuals who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and otherwise not provided fair, just, and impartial treatment. Ensuring that child welfare is serving all people equitably, and with respect for all individuals, is essential to the CB’s work. This document provides a framework for advancing that work.

Introduction to CFSR Round 4

Below is information the Children's Bureau delivered on September 21, 2021, to state child welfare administrators and court improvement managers nationwide.

State-Led CFSR Case Review Criteria

This document provides details on how states and the Children's Bureau will work to verify each state's ability to meet the case review criteria to conduct a State-Led Review for CFSR Round 4.

CFSR Round 4 Site Selection Proposals

During the CFSRs, cases are reviewed at a selection of sites that reflect a cross-section or range of environments in each state, including rural and suburban areas. Selection of sites is a collaborative process between states and CB, with CB having final approval. States and CB use state data and information to explore prospective sites and child welfare system and practice dynamics to be examined during the onsite review. The Children's Bureau recommends that states consider and address data and information on certain factors, described in this document, in their proposals for selection of CFSR sites when a statewide sample is not used. 

Case Review Sampling Frames: Trial Home Visits

This document provides guidance on the inclusion of cases involving children who returned home on a trial home visit in case review sampling frames. The case review population subject to review for Program Improvement Plan measurement is the same as for the CFSR onsite review.

Requirements and Benefits of State-Led Reviews

This report discusses the requirements and benefits of conducting a State-Led Review, including the factors for states to consider when planning for their CFSRs. A quick reference list to State-Led Review criteria is included in the appendix.

Spotlight Series for the Legal and Judicial Communities

This series spotlights CFSR-related topics for the legal and judicial communities. The content is drawn from the CFSR Round 3 Report for Legal and Judicial Communities, which summarizes states’ performance in meeting safety, permanency, and well-being needs of children and families as a result of the federal Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) conducted between 2015 and 2018. These reports share results in four areas in which the legal and judicial communities play a key role: achieving timely permanency, meaningfully engaging families, promoting and maintaining family relationships and connections, and keeping families together.

CFSR Round 4 Process Graphic

This graphic shows the CFSR and Program Improvement Plan (PIP) process timeline, from the statewide assessment through the post-PIP evaluation period.

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet for Legal and Judicial Communities

This fact sheet provides information on the CFSR and discusses how legal and judicial professionals can participate in all phases of the CFSR, Program Improvement Plan, and continuous quality improvement processes. 

Fact Sheet for Tribal Child Welfare Officials

This fact sheet describes the CFSR process and how Tribal child welfare officials can get involved.

Fact Sheet for Caseworkers

This fact sheet describes the CFSR process and how caseworkers can get involved.

General Fact Sheet

This fact sheet describes the CFSR process and participants, and how state child welfare agency staff, agency partners, and stakeholders can get involved.

Fact Sheet for Youth

This fact sheet describes the CFSR process and how youth can get involved.

Fact Sheet for Foster and Adoptive Parents

This fact sheet describes the CFSR process and how foster and adoptive parents can get involved.

Fact Sheet for Elected Officials

This fact sheet describes the CFSR process and how elected officials can get involved.

Fact Sheet for Community Providers

This fact sheet describes the CFSR process and how community providers can get involved.

Fact Sheet for Parents and Caregivers

This fact sheet describes the CFSR process and how parents and caregivers can get involved.

Round 4 CFSR National Call Series

National Call Series

This Resource section includes materials related to the series of calls the Children’s Bureau is hosting 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.

National Call Survey

The Children’s Bureau is interested in getting your feedback on the National Call series to determine what additional support is needed to prepare for Round 4 reviews.