Child And Family Services Review (CFSR)

The Child and Family Services Reviews are a federal-state collaborative effort designed to help ensure that quality services are provided to children and families through state child welfare systems. They are reviews of state child welfare programs and practice that identify strengths and challenges in state programs and systems, focusing on outcomes for children and families in the areas of safety, permanency, and well-being. The Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has administered the reviews since 2000. Georgia’s most recent Child and Family Services Review was completed in the fall of 2015.

Based on the strengths and areas needing improvement within state programs identified by the reviews, states develop Program Improvement Plans to address areas in which they were found not to be in conformity with any of the seven outcomes or seven systemic factors under review. Georgia’s Program Improvement Plan is designed so that its implementation is completed no later than 2 years from the date on which it is approved by the Children’s Bureau. The commencement date of Georgia’s Program Improvement Plan is April 1, 2017.