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(159.) See AFCARS REPORT, supra note 11 (citing the statistic that 25 percent of children adopted out of the child welfare system are placed with a relative).
It was not until 1998 that the penalties associated with the AFCARS took effect, bringing the number of reporting states to 43.
US Department of Health and Human Services, The AFCARS Report: Preliminary FY2010 estimates as of June 2011, 2011; www.acf.hhs.
The foster care adoption figures are obtained from the AFCARS. The analysis also includes several annual, state-specific characteristics that were collected from various sources.
The AFCARS data for 1998-2002 indicates that in 2002 there were approximately 533,000 children in foster care in the United States (158) The average age of foster children is between nine and ten years old.
This manual is broken down into nine main policy areas (with detailed subsections): (1) AFCARS [Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System]; (2) CAPTA [Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act]; (3) Independent Living; (4) MEPA [Multiethnic Placement Act]/IEAP [Interethnic Adoption Provisions (Small Business Job Protection Act)]; (5) Monitoring; (6) SACWIS [Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System]; (7) Title IV-B; (8) Title IV-E; and (9) Tribes/Indian Tribal Organizations.
In addition, although states were mandated to begin reporting data to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) in 1995, few reviews of states' AFCARS reporting capabilities have been conducted to assist states in resolving some of their reporting challenges.
Good tools allow jurisdictions to end the years of manually reporting IV-E eligibility, NCANDS (National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System) data, and AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System) data, but it is rare that these systems also help efficiently manage day-to-day operations.
Adoption and foster care analysis and reporting system (AFCARS) report: Preliminary FY 2006 estimates as of January 2008 (14).
This study uses a classification tree analysis approach known as Optimal Data Analysis (ODA) to predict probability of adoption in 2003 using Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data.