Child and Family and Services Review (CFSR)

The Children’s Bureau oversees the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), which is a periodic review of state child welfare systems, to achieve three goals:

  • Ensure substantial conformity with title IV-B and IV-E child welfare requirements using a framework focused on assessing seven safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes and seven systematic factors;
  • Determine what is happening to children and families as they are engaged in child welfare services; and
  • Assist states in helping children and families achieve positive outcomes.

The Department has completed three rounds of Child and Family Service Reviews in 2004, 2010 and most recently in June 2018. After the CFSR is completed, states develop a Program Improvement Plan (PIP) to address areas in their child welfare services that need improvement. The Department is currently in the midst of its PIP implementation.

Prior to the on-site portion of the CFSR, and before the final PIP, a statewide assessment (SA) is done. The SA is a data profile that allows each state to compare certain safety and permanency data indicators with national standards determined by the Children’s Bureau. States evaluate their performance on the outcomes and systemic factors in the statewide assessment. After the statewide assessment, a joint federal-state team conducts an onsite review of the child welfare program.

DCYF’s most current SA is available for review

RI CFSR Program Improvement Plan (PIP)

The Department of Children, Youth and Families’ Child and Family Service Review (CFSR) Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) has been approved by the Administration for Children & Families (ACF). The PIP’s start date is May 1, 2019. The Department will work to meet the benchmark’s set in this plan over the next two years.

RI CFSR Program Improvement Plan (PIP)

CFSR Internal Qualitative Case Review Results - Reporting Periods 1 & 2

DCYF Internal Case Review Fact Sheets

DCYF Internal Case Review Fact Sheet - Provider Agencies

DCYF Internal Case Review Fact Sheet - DCYF Staff

DCYF Internal Case Review Fact Sheet - Parents and Caregivers

DCYF Internal Case Review Fact Sheet - Foster and Adoptive Parents

DCYF Internal Case Review Fact Sheet - Youth

Federal Reports

Annual Progress and Services Report 2021

Annual Progress and Services Report 2019

Annual Progress and Services Report 2018

Annual Progress and Services Report 2017

Annual Progress and Services Report 2016

Child & Family Services Plan 2020-2024

Child & Family Services Plan 2015-2019 (Final Report)

Child & Family Services Plan 2015-2019