Review New Jersey’s 2009 CFSR Report and Progress Overview
All 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico completed their first review by 2004. No State was found to be in substantial conformity in all of the seven outcome areas or seven systemic factors. Since that time, States have been implementing their Performance Improvement Plans (PIP) to correct those outcome areas not found in substantial conformity. In 2009, New Jersey completed its second round of review, which assesses point in time data. View the 2009 CFSR Final Report HERE.
View two charts that show New Jersey’s progress since the 2004 review compared with 2009.
For more information on federal CFSRs, go to the Children's Bureau Web site:
A federally-mandated process, the CFSR is intended to focus states on results and performance improvement. At such, the CFSR will continue to drive significant change in child welfare agencies nationwide.
New Jersey experienced its first CFSR in 2004, and has begun its second CFSR cycle.
Category 1 - Outcomes
• Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect
• Children are safely maintained in their own homes whenever possible and appropriate.
• Children have permanency and stability in their living arrangements
• Continuity of family relationships and connections are preserved for children.
• Families have enhanced capacity to provide for their children's needs.
• Children receive appropriate services to meet their educational needs.
• Children receive adequate services to meet their physical and mental health needs
Category 2 - Systemic Factors
- Statewide Information System – computerized collection of data
- Case Review System – case plans, case reviews, permanency hearings and termination of parental right petitions.
- Quality Assurance System – systematic review of performance
- Staff and Provider Training – initial, ongoing, and training for resource parents, state agency staff, and staff of contract agencies
- Service Array – services to support child safety, permanency and well-being
- Agency Responsiveness to Community – coordination and collaboration of services
- Foster and Adoptive Parent Licensing, Recruitment, and Retention
Category 3 - National Data Indicators
- Absence of Maltreatment Recurrence
- Absence of Abuse/Neglect in Foster Care
- Timeliness and Permanency of Reunification
- Timeliness of Adoption
- Permanency for Children and Youth in Foster Care for Long Periods of Time
- Placement Stability
Stage 1 - Statewide Assessment
This assessment involves a collaborative effort among the many child welfare system stakeholders to study state performance in the CFSR criteria. In this second CFSR cycle, the assessment will include developments and updates since the prior CFSR as well as current status in the criteria. A report of findings regarding the state's performance in each area is developed. This self-assessment report details findings, key strengths, and key opportunities for improvement. Download the 2009 Statewide Assessment.
Stage 2 - On-Site Review
A week-long on-site review is conducted by a joint Federal/State team. This team will be divided among three county sites and one site in Trenton. The county teams will conduct a comprehensive review of 65 cases (total statewide), including file reviews and interviews with key participants, e.g. children, parents, resource parents, caseworkers, and providers. At each county site as well as in Trenton, a series of interviews and focus groups will be held with stakeholder representatives. The on-site review was conducted during the week of March 30, 2009.
Stage 3 - Final Report
Based on the statistical and qualitative data gathered through the Statewide Assessment and on-site review, the federal government prepares a report of findings. This report details whether the state is in "substantial conformity" with each CFSR criterion. The report also highlights Strengths and Opportunities for Improvement (OFIs) related to each outcome and systemic factor.
View the 2009 CFSR Final Report HERE
Stage 4 - Program Improvement Plan (PIP):
In response to the Federal report of findings, the state and federal government develop a Program Improvement Plan, or PIP to addresses criteria in which the state was found to not be in “substantial conformity.” The PIP outlines strategies the state will implement to improve performance, along with responsibility and timeframes for each.
We recognize the CFSR as an opportunity to improve our work with children and families, and appreciate the participation and support of all our stakeholders in this process.
New Jersey's Statewide Assessment Instrument was issued February, 2009.
The on-site portion of this CFSR occurred on March 30 though April 3, 2009.
NJ Federal CFSR Data – FY 2005 (updated 2/1/07)