Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities


Child and Family Services Review (CFSR)

The Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) is a federal process administered by the Children's Bureau (CB) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) designed to assure taht states met the following requirements:

  1. States follow federal child welfare standards.
  2. States conduct and provide to the CB a comprehensive assessment of state child welfare system functioning. 
  3. States are able to identify areas that are working well and child welfare system challenges.

The CFSR focuses on program outcomes for child safety, permanency, as well as child and family well-being. The review process also assess state-level capacity to deliver both child welfare services and program outcomes. For more information on the overall CFSR process, see the Children's Bureau Website. A CFSR fact sheet provides more information on the process. 


Wisconsin CFSR Overview

Extensive outreach provided information about the CFSR process. This included providing information and requesting feedback from organizations and individuals involved in the child welfare system. A webinar series also shared information on the process.

DCF submitted a comprehensive Statewide Assessment to the Children's Bureau on February 16, 2018. The Children's Bureau conducted a federally-directed review in three Wisconsin counties on April 16-20, 2018. During this week, 65 foster care and in-home cases in Barron, Brown, and Milwaukee counties were reviewed using the federally approved on-site review instrument (OSRI) to assess outcomes related to safety permanence, and well-being.

Wisconsin received the CFSR final report in the fall of 2018. The report details areas of Wisconsin's child welfare system that are working well and areas needing improvement. Findings help identify areas of focus for a state Program Improvement Plan that will be negotiated between the Children's Bureau and DCF.

A Program Improvement Plan Advisory Group launched in December. The group includes a wide range of individuals and organization that involved in the child welfare system. This group discussed data and information that will likely need to be addressed in Wisconsin's PIP. This group will continue to assist DCF in developing a comprehensive, trauma-informed PIP.


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 completed Round 3 of the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) in 2018. Results of this review process are available in the below documents.

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