Approximately 54% of the children in the full sample live in a county with at least 1000 AFCARS
foster care records and, therefore, have their county identified.
In January 2008, the ACF issued a notice for proposed rulemaking to amend AFCARS
reporting and data collections requirements regarding children in out-of-home placements.
Since penalties for non-compliance were not introduced until 1998, our AFCARS
panel is an unbalanced selection of states that provided verified high-quality data in accordance with federal mandates.
report: Interim FY 2003 estimates as of June 2006 (10).
US Department of Health and Human Services, The AFCARS
Report: Preliminary FY2010 estimates as of June 2011, 2011; www.
11) The AFCARS
database has been designed to address policy development and program management issues at both the state and federal levels.
Results also suggested that the impact of the state on adoption rates varied when essentially controlling for children and family variables, supporting concerns regarding the crude use of AFCARS
data when comparing states.
6) Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau, AFCARS
Report for the period ending September 20, 2001.
report: Preliminary FY 2006 estimates as of January 2008.
records showed that 124,153 children were placed in kinship foster homes in 2005 (ACE 2006).
United States Department of Health and Human Services, The AFCARS
Report: Preliminary 2005 estimates as of September 2006, Washington DC: United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2006
During the fiscal year ending September 30, 2001, AFCARS
reported that an estimated 46,668 children were adopted through the public child welfare system (AFCARS