Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


Child and Family Services Review (CFSR)

The federal Children's Bureau developed the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) process to monitor and evaluate the performance of state-level child welfare systems. The CFSR focuses on program outcomes for child safety, permanency, as well as child and family well being. The review process also assesses state-level capacity to deliver both child welfare services and program outcomes.

CFSR Round 3 Webinar Series

Child and Family Services Review Process and Resources

Wisconsin has developed a five-part webinar series to provide an overview of the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) Round 3 taking place in 2015-2018. Wisconsin is scheduled to participate in the CFSR process in Federal Fiscal Year, 2018, a date has not yet been established.

CFSR Background and Purpose:
This webinar provides background information and a summary of the overall CFSR process.

Introduction to CFSR Round 3 Performance Measures and Wisconsin Statewide Performance
The second webinar introduces the 7 child welfare performance metrics. It also looks at Wisconsin historical and current performance relative to both the current national standard and select comparison states.

Summary of Wisconsin Case Review for CFSR
The third webinar provides an overview of the case review process that examines child safety, permanence, and well-being factors which are analyzed as part of the CFSR.

CFSR Systemic Factors
The fourth webinar describes systemic variables each state must assess for continuous improvement as part of the CFSR process.

CFSR Round 3 Performance Measures: Definitions and Calculations
The fifth webinar is optional. It is available for those who are interested in a technical deep-dive of the 7 performance metrics. The webinar starts with some context and terminology to facilitate the understanding of the measures (particularly around the various timeframes), followed by the definition, example, and calculation for each of the 7 performance metrics.

DCF has created a CFSR Performance Measures Guide summarizing the CFSR Round 3 Performance Measures. Feel free to use this 7-page document as a reference and a guide.

Are you now a Child and Family Services Review expert? Take the CFSR Performance Measures Quiz and find out! Check your answers with the Answer Key.


Federal Plans

Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) - Federal Fiscal Year (October 1st - September 30th)

Child and Family Services Plan - A Five Year Plan

Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR)

Wisconsin CFSR Rounds 1 and 2 Information - Prior federal CFSR reviews are available on the Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau web page. There is the opportunity to compare results between states for all rounds. You will find the:

  • Statewide Assessments
  • CFSR Final Reports
  • Program Improvement Plans
  • Individual Key Findings Reports