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What is the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR)?

New York State is a state supervised, locally administered child welfare system.  The Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is responsible for the oversight of the fifty-eight local departments of social services (districts), the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, and the voluntary agencies that contract with districts to provide for child welfare services.

The Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) is a Federal-State collaborative effort designed to help ensure that quality services are provided to children and families through State child welfare systems. The review identifies strengths and areas needing improvement in State programs and systems, focusing on outcomes for children and families in the areas of safety, permanency, and child and family well-being. This intensive review is conducted in partnership with all local districts and voluntary agencies and incorporates four components:

Well-Being White Paper

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) is increasing its focus on child well-being as an integrated approach essential for children and youth in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This white paper provides information about the approach and the four basic domains of well-being.