The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) requires state agencies to submit a strategic five-year Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) that sets forth the state’s goals and vision for strengthening its child welfare system.
The annual Child Fatality Review (CFR) Report presents data and practice recommendations based on the internal child fatality reviews conducted by the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) during a calendar year. Reviews include only those children whose families were known to CFSA within five years of the child’s death.
The federal Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Program Instruction ACYFCB-PI-19-02, requires all states to submit an Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) whenever state agencies administer or supervise the administration of child welfare programs under Title IV-B subparts 1 and 2, and Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. The District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA or Agency) serves as both the local and the “state” agency charged with the legal authority and responsibility for those functions.
The District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) Establishment Act of 2001 requires CFSA to provide an annual public report (APR) to the Executive Office of the Mayor, the Council of the District of Columbia, and the general public. Each APR must describe the ongoing and specific actions CFSA has taken to implement the District of Columbia Adoption and Safe Families Amendment Act of 2000 (DC ASFA), which mirrors the federal Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997.
To gauge the positive outcomes and the success of service delivery and practice standards, the Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) uses the nationally-recognized Quality Service Review (QSR) process. This process is one of CFSA’s primary qualitative approaches for continuous quality improvement (CQI) of practice and service delivery. The QSR process assesses implementation of CFSA’s Practice Model while also reviewing how system partners work together as a team to provide quality and effective services.
This document presents the findings of the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) for the District of Columbia.
The Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) publishes an annual report on fatalities of children whose families were known to CFSA within five years of the child’s death. The Child Fatalities Review: Data Snapshot presents a high-level data profile in advance of the annual report, based on the fatalities known to the Agency by the end of the calendar year.
Per the LaShawn A. vs. Bowser Settlement Agreement, CFSA began preparing public performance reports in January 2021. This, the third edition report is the first report covering the entire fiscal year (October 1 – September 30). The report provides performance data and outcomes on the 42 performance measures included in the Four Pillars Performance Framework in fiscal year (FY) 2022. The measures are organized by CFSA’s Four Pillars Framework. Each measure includes an analysis of steps taken to reach the target or the steps taken to address challenges in achieving targets.
The Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) completes an annual Needs Assessment that reviews prior year services, resources and data to assist with budget and resource planning for the current and next fiscal year. The Needs Assessment informs a companion document called the Resource Development Plan. These two documents assist CFSA leadership in developing the resources to help improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in the District of Columbia’s child welfare system.
Child and Family Services Agency’s responses Performance Oversight Hearing FY 2018 and FY 2019 (First Quarter) pre-hearing questions submitted to the Council of the District of Columbia, Committee on Human Services.