Philosophical Context for the Reviews

The Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs), authorized by the 1994 Amendments to the Social Security Act and administered by the Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provide a unique opportunity for the Federal Government and State child welfare agencies to work as a team in assessing States’ capacity to promote positive outcomes for children and families engaged in the child welfare system.

The CFSRs are based on a number of guiding principles and concepts and rooted in the concept of collaboration between Federal and State partners.