Other State Performance Vehicles

There are several other vehicles that help the Children's Bureau monitor child welfare performance. Two of these are the Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and its follow-up, the Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR). The CFSP is a State or Tribally developed 5-year strategic plan that sets forth the vision, goals, and objectives to be accomplished to strengthen the State's or Tribe's overall child welfare system to improve outcomes for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families and for service delivery system reform. The APSR provides annual updates of the State's or Tribe's progress toward accomplishing the goals and objectives in the CFSP.

The CFSP and the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) processes are essentially two parts of a whole. The former lays out the State's vision and plans for implementing its child welfare programs. The CFSR (and resulting Program Improvement Plan) then monitors the State’s compliance with the State's CFSP and other Federal child welfare requirements. Both processes call on States to set goals and objectives relating to the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families, to engage stakeholders in assessment and planning, and to use data to measure progress.

For more on the integration of these two processes, visit here