Feedback opportunity: AFCARS 2.0 is coming!

Did you know that the federal government requires each state to collect information on their foster care and adoption populations?  In fact, states can receive financial penalties if their information is not up to par.  The federal government has decided to collect over 150 new  pieces of information on our foster care and adoption populations; 40% are related to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).  AFCARS, the Adoption Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System, reports information from the Colorado Child Welfare Information System (a.k.a. Trails).  The newly required information will be collected in Trails and reported to the federal government on a semi-annual basis. 

The federal government published their final rule for collecting this information in December 2016.  The new information is required to be collected beginning on October 1, 2019.  However, the new administration wants YOUR feedback on the burden we expect to experience when collecting this information.  Generally, the areas they are interested in are:

  1. Noting which data elements are overly burdensome to collect and why.  Providing estimates on cost and time associated with collecting these data elements is encouraged.
  2. Justifying which data elements should be kept and how they can be beneficial at the national level.
  3. Justifying which data elements should be removed and why they are not reliable or necessary at the national level.
  4. Providing any suggestions on simplifying the collection and reporting process for these data elements.

Colorado case workers and anyone who enters information into Trails, please take this opportunity to provide your feedback! 

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Ann Duenas at ann.duenas@state.co.us.

View the a side-by-side comparison of old and new AFCARS data elements and complete the survey by May 23, 2018 at 5 pm to share your feedback. 

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