Data

Welcome to Georgia’s Division of Family & Children Services data page. This page seeks to be transparent and accountable about the lives of children and families by disseminating Georgia’s Child Welfare and Office Family Independence (OFI) data.

DHS Data

Case managers in the Division’s 159 county offices provide a variety of social services to families, including: child protective services, which includes the investigation of abuse and neglect reports; treatment and support services to families involved with the agency; recruitment of foster parents; placements and treatment services for children in foster care; and support and services to adoptive families who step up for children whose parents have terminated their rights.
Child Welfare

The Office of Family Independence (OFI) refers to all eligibility programs including Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly referred to as Food Stamps), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Family Medicaid and Aged Blind and Disabled Medicaid (ABD). All OFI program have an income-eligibility component as well as other eligibility criteria such as an age requirement.
OFI

Static Reports

  1. Georgia Profiles
    1. https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/GA
    2. https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/community_facts.xhtml?src=bkmk       
  2. Georgia Child Profiles
    1. https://gafcp.org/georgia-profiles/
    2. https://datacenter.kidscount.org/data#GA/2/0/char/0
  3. Georgia Profile  
  4. TANF ACF Reports 
  5. SNAP (Food Stamps) FNS Reports

Internal reports

  1. OFI - Currently at https://dfcs.georgia.gov/dfcs-descriptive-data-reports-year
  2. OFI - Currently at https://dfcs.georgia.gov/family-independence-outcome-measures-report

Federal Reporting – Child Welfare

    1. https://cwoutcomes.acf.hhs.gov/cwodatasite/pdf/georgia.html#footnote
    2. https://cwoutcomes.acf.hhs.gov/cwodatasite/methodology              
  1. Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS)
    The AFCARS collects case-level information from state and tribal title IV-E agencies on all children in foster care and those who have adopted with title IV-E agency involvement. Examples of data reported in AFCARS include demographic information on the foster child as well as the foster and adoptive parents, the number of removal episodes a child has experienced, the number of placements in the current removal episode, and the current placement setting. Title IV-E agencies are required to submit the AFCARS data twice a year based on two 6-month National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Systems.
  2. National Child Abuse and Neglect Data Systems (NCANDS)
    The NCANDS is a voluntary data collection system that gathers information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico about reports of child abuse and neglect. NCANDS was established in response to the Children Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1988. The data are used to examine trends in child abuse and neglect across the country, and key findings are published in our Child Welfare Outcomes Reports to Congress and annual Child Maltreatment reports.
    1. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Child Maltreatment 2018
  3. National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)
    1. The NYTD collects information on youth receiving ILP (Independent Living Program) services, including sex, race, ethnicity, date of birth, and foster care status. It also collects information about the outcomes of those youth who have aged out of foster care. States began collecting data in 2010, and the first data set was submitted in May 2011.
    2. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/nytd-services-and-outcomes-reports
  4. Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP)
    1. 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 five 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:
      1. Permanency for children
      2. Well-being of children and their families
      3. The nature, scope, and adequacy of existing child and family and related social services
  5. Annual Progress and Service Report (APSR)
    1. APSR provides an annual update on the progress made by states or tribes toward the goals, objectives and strategies in their CFSPs and outlines the planned activities for the upcoming fiscal year.
    2. For more information on Federal CFSP/APSR, go to the Children’s Bureau website: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/programs
    3. Links to previous year APSR (use attachments from current DFCS data website)          

DFCS Research Protocol

  1. Georgia law permits DFCS to release records and reports to any person engaged in bona fide research provided that no names or identifying information are made available. DFCS evaluates records and reports request for research projects that involve primary data collection with IRB approval and secondary data analyses. Requests are evaluated in the context of DFCS’ mission to serve Georgia’s vulnerable families and children.
  2. The IRB Review Committee (housed with Georgia Department of Public Health) is currently accepting new proposals. The committee’s website contains all applications (initial, amendment, and continuation) as well as human subjects manual: https://dph.georgia.gov/institutional-review-board

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Data Tools and Resources

  1. https://cwoutcomes.acf.hhs.gov/cwodatasite/population/index
  2. https://gafcp.org/indicator-explorer/
  3. https://gafcp.org/well-being-indicators/         
  4. Georgia’s Cross-Agency Child Data System 

Federal Regulations and Data

Federal Reviews and Plans