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

The review enables the Children's Bureau, within in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, to ensure state child welfare agency practice conforms 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 focuses states on results and performance improvement.

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:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/monitoring/child-family-services-reviews  

If you have questions about New Jersey’s CFSR process please contact:

Child and Family Service Coordinator
Department of Children and Families
Office of Performance Management and Accountability 
50 E. State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625 
609-888-7100