Child Welfare Service Programs

Child welfare service programs are designed to protect and support children who have been or are at risk of being abused or neglected. These programs aim to ensure that children grow up in safe, stable, and nurturing environments, and to provide necessary services and support to families who may be struggling to provide the care their children need.

Child welfare services typically include a range of interventions, such as:

  • Investigation and assessment of reports of child abuse and neglect
  • Placement of children in foster care or other out-of-home settings when necessary
  • Family support services, such as counseling and case management, to help families address the issues that led to child welfare involvement and to prevent future incidents of abuse or neglect
  • Adoption services to find permanent homes for children who are unable to return to their birth families

These programs are often run by state or local government agencies, and may also involve community-based organizations, such as non-profits or faith-based groups.

The Children’s Bureau supports states and tribal child welfare programs through funding, research, monitoring and special initiatives to promote positive outcomes for children and families involved in child welfare.

Child Welfare Services

  • Stephanie Tubbs Jones Child Welfare Services
  • Child Welfare Waiver Demonstrations
  • Child Welfare Training Program

Child Welfare Reporting Systems

  • The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS)
  • The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)
  • The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS)


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