The Children’s Bureau has released the attached new Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-19-02, which provides guidance to State title IV-B/IV-E agencies on requirements for submission of:

  • The Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) Final Report for fiscal years (FYs) 2015-2019 (the “2015-2019 Final Report”) and annual CAPTA State Grant update;
  • The new CFSP for FYs 2020-2024 (the “2020-2024 CFSP”) for the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services (CWS), the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) and Monthly Caseworker Visit Grant programs; the Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (Chafee) and the Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Program; and
  • CFS-101, Part I, Annual Budget Request, Part II, Annual Summary of Child and Family Services, and Part III, Annual Expenditure Report- Title IV-B, subparts 1 and 2, Chafee, and ETV.

As emphasized throughout the Program Instruction, the Children’s Bureau strongly encourages states to use the development of the new CFSP as an opportunity to engage with partners in developing a shared vision for the child welfare system to strengthen families, prevent child maltreatment and unnecessary family separation and to outline the concrete steps to implement that vision over the next five years.  

The Final Report, new CFSP and CFS-101 forms are due to Children’s Bureau Regional Offices by June 30, 2019.