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Resources From the Children's Bureau

The Children's Bureau provides guidance and information for working with children, youth, and families receiving child welfare services. The following resources include statistics, program guidelines, policies, and proven approaches that support the work of professionals, agencies, and organizations with youth and their families involved in foster care.

This factsheet provides the most recent national statistical estimates for children and youth in foster care from fiscal year (FY) 2014 and also provides earlier data from FY 2005 to allow for some estimate of trends over time. Data were obtained from the Federal Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). AFCARS collects information on all children in foster care for whom State child welfare agencies have responsibility for placement, care, or supervision and on children who are adopted with public child welfare agency involvement.

Adoption and Foster Care Statistics
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau
Provides links to the most current Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Systems (AFCARS) reports, State specific foster care statistics, and data briefs.

Child Welfare Outcomes Report Data
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau
Features the State context and outcomes data that are found in the State data pages within the full Child Welfare Outcomes Reports to Congress. The reports and data site include data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) and the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), and the data site features a custom report builder.

National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau
Collects information, starting in 2010, on youth in foster care, including sex, race, ethnicity, date of birth, and foster care status. The database also includes information about the outcomes of those youth who have aged out of foster care.

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General program information

CB Funded Research
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau
Lists several reports funded by the Children's Bureau (CB) focusing on foster care and adoption related programs and practices that are designed to achieve key outcomes for children and youth in care.

Foster Care
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau
Describes the support the Children's Bureau provides to States and Tribes through its foster care programs, the title IV-E Foster Care Program, and the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. Information on how to become a foster parent, foster care reporting systems, and training and technical assistance also are included.

Foster Care and Permanency
Capacity Building Center for States
Helps agencies build capacity to develop, implement, and sustain a broad-service continuum to promote increased safety, permanency, and well-being for children and youth in foster care.

Guardianship
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau
Offers information on the Children's Bureau's support of States and Tribes that have been approved to operate a title IV-E Guardianship Assistance program. Additional resources on guardianship and kinship care are provided, including the Child Welfare Policy Manual and State policies and laws related to the title IV-E Guardianship Assistance program.

Office of Regional Operations
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families
Serves States, territories, Tribes, and other grantees in their geographical areas.

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Program instructions and information memoranda

What's News in Laws and Policies
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau 
Provides links to new Federal legislation, regulations, and Children's Bureau policies.

ACYF-CB-IM-15-08: Linking Health Care to Children, Youth, and Families Who Come in Contact With the Child Welfare System (PDF - 258 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau (2015)
Provides information on linking health care to children, youth, and families who come in contact with the child welfare system.

ACYF-CB-PI-15-07: Public Law 113-183, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau (2015)
Provides information about the various changes to existing law regarding child welfare, including some required State action in areas of foster parenting, adoption incentive payments and others. In addition, the bill requires certain data collection and reporting by States regarding sex trafficking, including the identification of children who may be at high-risk of becoming sex trafficking victims, particularly current and former foster children.

ACYF-CB-PI-15-05: Support From State and Tribal Child Welfare Information Systems for the Extension of Medicaid Eligibility to Youth Adults Formerly in Foster Care and Under Age 26 (PDF - 111 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau (2015)
Provides information on support from State and Tribal child welfare information systems for the extension of Medicaid eligibility to young adults formerly in foster care and under age 26.

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