The Children's Bureau provides funding to States to build a Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS). A SACWIS is designed to support foster care and adoption assistance case management practice through a comprehensive and automated case management tool. The system should collect and manage the information necessary to facilitate the delivery of child welfare support services, including family support and family preservation. SACWIS supports the reporting of the data for both the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Review System (AFCARS) and the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), a voluntary national data collection and analysis system.
A State does not have to implement a SACWIS. If it does, however, and receives Federal funding, then the Children’s Bureau conducts a 1-week, onsite review to assess its functionality after the State or Tribe’s system has been operational. These reviews are known as SACWIS Assessment Reviews.
You can view the status of each States’ SACWIS development online at: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/systems/sacwis/statestatus.htm.