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Tribal Consultation on the Proposed AFCARS Changes

Here is the letter sent today: Tribal Consultation Notification 4-16-2018 This is on the proposed changes to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), the way the feds collect from the states on adoption and foster care. … Continue reading

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Déjà vu All Over Again: AFCARS Comments Needed

Here is the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking where HHS is reopening the FINAL RULE adopting new data elements on kids in foster care, including ones on ICWA.  Comments on how yes, really, we really do want ICWA data, just … Continue reading

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AFCARS Model Comments for Tribes

I posted earlier about the AFCARS proposed information collection activity posted in June. Here is the Federal Register page. There are at least sets of two model comments for tribes in circulation. If you have not yet received any but … Continue reading

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Final AFCARS Rule with ICWA Elements

Here is the final Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Rule incorporating a number of new data elements states will have to report to the feds. These elements include important information on ICWA cases and placements. Many people … Continue reading

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Preliminary 2015 AFCARS Data Released by DHHS

Just a reminder that this is the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System data, which is information sent from the state to the federal government about kids in foster care. There is still a pending rule change that … Continue reading

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Latest NCJFCJ Disproportionality Report on Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care

Here. A reminder this is lagging data, so this report covers numbers from 2014, and to read all of the disclaimers in the report regarding how the data is collected and analyzed.

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AFCARS Comments Due May 9

As we previously posted, for the first time, the federal government is proposing to collect data on state ICWA cases. If you, or your employer, or your tribe are willing to let the feds know you think this is a … Continue reading

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Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rule Making on AFCARS (ICWA Data)

Due in parts to comments filed on the original proposed rule change for Automated Foster Care and Adoption Reporting System (our primary source of data regarding kids in care), the Administration for Children and Families has added collecting ICWA-related data to the … Continue reading

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Measuring Compliance with ICWA

Here is a Casey Family Programs publication, “Measuring Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act” At present, no federal agency is tasked with ensuring state compliance with the protections mandated by ICWA. Without federal oversight, state legislatures, public child welfare … Continue reading

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Call for Written Comments on New AFCARS Regulations

We’ve written about this in the past. Here is a letter from NICWA explaining more about the regulations, and the reason for written comments (and if you scroll to the bottom, they’ve even provided a sample comments letter): Dear Advocates for … Continue reading

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