The Child Welfare Outcomes Report provides information on national performance as well as the performance of individual states in seven outcome categories. In addition to reporting on state performance in these outcome categories, this report also includes findings of analyses conducted across states and across time. Data for most of the measures in this report come from two national child welfare related data systems—the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).
This series of reports is required by section 203(a) of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA). ASFA amended section 479A of the Social Security Act to require an annual report that assesses state performance in operating child protection and child welfare programs under titles IV-B and IV-E.
The most recent report is for 2010-2014, and was published in July, 2017. Additional years' reports can be found on the Children's Bureau website (available here).
- Child Welfare Outcomes 2010–2014: Report to Congress (published 2017)