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.
The AFCARS report: Interim FY 2003 estimates as of June 2006 (10).
The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 makes additional changes to AFCARS and therefore, the ACF will issue a second AFCARS NPRM to hear states comments.
In addition to the state, the AFCARS data also identify the county in which the child entered foster care, provided that this county contains at least 1000 foster care records.
US Department of Health and Human Services, The AFCARS Report: Preliminary FY2010 estimates as of June 2011, 2011; www.
Despite its shortcomings, the AFCARS is still the only data source available on adoption figures along with adoption subsidies that are consistent across states and over time.
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.
AFCARS records showed that 124,153 children were placed in kinship foster homes in 2005 (ACE 2006).
The AFCARS report: Preliminary FY 2003 estimates as of April 2005.
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, 2002).