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Child and Family Services Plan/ Annual Progress and Services Reports

In order to receive federal funding under title IV-B, a state or tribal agency must submit a 5-year Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs).

The CFSP is a strategic plan that sets forth a state's or tribe's vision and goals to strengthen its child welfare system. It outlines initiatives and activities that the state or tribe will carry out over the next 5 years to administer and integrate programs and services to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. The goals and objectives of the CFSP must address improved outcomes in the following areas: 

  • Permanency for children
  • Well-being of children and their families
  • The nature, scope, and adequacy of existing child and family and related social services

The Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) provides an annual update on the progress made by states or tribes toward the goals and objectives in their CFSPs and outlines the planned activities for the upcoming fiscal year.

There are a number of programs covered by the CFSP and APSR, including the following:

For more information on Federal CFSP/APSR, go to the Children's Bureau Web site:

To read New Jersey's 2015-2019 CFSP and 2014 APSR final report and approval click on the following link:
2015 APSR-CFSP 2015-2019 Final 
ACF-CB approval response  

Child and Family Services Review

The Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) is an evaluation of a state's child welfare system to determine how well the system performs in promoting outcomes for the safety, permanency, and well-being for children.

The CFSR are designed to enable the Children's Bureau, within in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, to ensure that state child welfare agency practice is in conformity with federal child welfare requirements, to determine what is actually happening to children and families as they are engaged in State child welfare services, and to assist States to enhance their capacity to help children and families achieve positive outcomes.

A federally-mandated process, the CFSR is intended to focus states on results and performance improvement.  As such, the CFSR will continue to drive significant change in child welfare agencies nationwide.

Based on lessons learned from Rounds 1 and 2, and with input from the field, the Children's Bureau has issued new guidance on the development of a robust Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) system for state child welfare agencies, and has just recently released updated information about Round 3 of the CFSR.

The next round of CFSR begins in 2015-2018.  New Jersey is scheduled for Round 3 in 2017.

For more information on the Federal CFSR, go to the Children's Bureau Website:

If you have questions about the CFSP/APSR or about the CFSR process in New Jersey please contact:
Dawn Marlow
Federal Reporting Coordinator
Department of Children and Families
Office of Performance Management and Accountability 
50 E. State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625