Child and Family Services Review
The primary purpose of the statewide assessment is for states to use aggregate state level data to evaluate their child welfare and juvenile services systems. The assessment also:
- Ensures that Federal funds are spent in accordance with federal statute, regulation, and policy;
- Links reviews to the joint planning, technical assistance, and program improvement processes that exist between states and regional offices;
- Assists states to become self-evaluating over time;
- Assembles data that will inform national policy; and
- Provides timely and specific feedback to states that is directly related to program performance and outcomes.
The statewide assessment is conducted by members of Nebraska’s Child and Family Services Review team. Members of the review team include: representatives from the Foster Care Review Board; Voices For Children; Nebraska Department of Education; Commission for the Protection of Children; Court Improvement Project; University of Nebraska Public Policy Center; Nebraska Foster and Adoptive Parent Association; Nebraska Juvenile Court Judges Association; Tribal Representatives; Federation of Families; Nebraska Children and Family Foundation; Nebraska Association of Homes and Services for Children; Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations; Foster Family Treatment Association; Children & Family Coalition of Nebraska; and representatives from the Department’s Protection and Safety and Resource Development systems, and Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment facilities.
The areas that team members evaluate in the statewide assessment and later the onsite review include:
- Statewide Information System
- Case Review System
- Quality Assurance System
- Staff Training
- Service Array
- Agency Responsiveness to the Community
- Foster and Adoptive Parent Recruitment, Licensing, and Retention