The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) is designated by the Governor as the agency to administer certain federally funded child welfare programs. The Children and Family Services Division (CFSD) is responsible for the social service components of the Consolidated Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) including those services funded through Title IV-B, the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).

As part of administering that plan ADHR takes part in the Child & Family Services Review (CFSR). The CFSRs enable the Children’s Bureau to: (1) ensure conformity with certain federal child welfare requirements; (2) determine what is actually happening to children and families as they are engaged in child welfare services; and (3) assist states in enhancing their capacity to help children and families achieve positive outcomes. Federal law and regulations authorize the Children’s Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, to administer the review of child and family services programs under titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act. The CFSRs are structured to help states identify strengths and areas needing improvement in their child welfare practices and programs as well as institute systemic changes that will improve child and family outcomes.

Round 3 CFSR Documents

2018 Alabama Child & Family Services Review – Final Report
2019 Alabama CFSR Program Improvement Plan (PIP)