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Children and Family Services Reviews (CFSR)

The Children’s Bureau administers CFSRs to ensure child and family service program conformity as required under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act. States are assessed for substantial conformity with federal requirements for child welfare services. All 50 states completed their first review in 2004 and second review in 2010. The third round of reviews runs from 2015–2018.

The Children’s Bureau conducts CFSRs to achieve three goals:

  • Ensure conformity with federal child welfare requirements;
  • Determine what is actually happening to children and families as they engage in child welfare services and;
  • Assist states in helping children and families achieve positive outcomes.

States are tasked with developing a Program Improvement Plan to address child welfare services areas in need of improvement.

Contact us at or 1(866) 493-2758 to learn more about CFSRs and how they impact your practice.

Policy and Practice Resources

  • Child and Family Services Reviews Reports
    Administration for Children and Families, 2015

    This webpage houses a list of publications related to the CFSRs, including presentations and comments by Children’s Bureau and other federal staff.
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