Child and Family Services Plan and Review


Congress requires states to submit to the federal Children’s Bureau, an office of the Administration for Children & Families, a child welfare five year strategic plan (the Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP)).  The CFSP describes Iowa’s mission, vision, goals, objectives, and activities to strengthen our child welfare system to promote the outcomes of safety, permanency, and well-being for the children and families served.  Iowa submits an Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) detailing annual progress towards the goals and objectives described in the CFSP as well as activities planned for the next federal fiscal year.  

Title IV-B (Federal Social Security)
Congress requires the federal government to conduct reviews of states to determine if they meet federal child welfare requirements. The Child and Family Service Review (CFSR), is a partnership between the federal and state governments. The CFSR examines the child welfare system in the state and identifies the strengths and areas needing improvement. The ultimate goal of the review is to improve child welfare systems to achieve the following positive outcomes for children and families:
  • Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect.
  • Children are maintained safely in their homes whenever possible and appropriate.
  • Children have permanency and stability in their living situations.
  • The continuity of family relationships and connections is preserved for families.
Family and Child Well-Being
  • Families have enhanced capacity to provide for their children's needs.
  • Children receive appropriate services to meet their educational needs.
  • Children receive adequate services to meet their physical and mental health needs.
In 2010 Iowa completed the second round of the CFSR. Iowa, like all other states, did not pass the review. Review results indicated Iowa needed to improve its child welfare system and to implement a Program Improvement Plan (PIP). Iowa's PIP included strategies and action steps designed to improve the state's child welfare system. The PIP was implemented in FFY 2012 and successfully closed in FFY 2014. Iowa's CFSR round three (3) will begin in FFY 2018.


If you have questions or comments regarding Iowa's Child and Family Service Plan (CFSP),  Iowa's Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), or the Program Improvement Plan (PIP), please contact Kara Lynn Regula at or 515-281-8977.