HHS is seeking comment on updates to the AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System)   In the announcement HHS indicates that the AFCARS need updating to incorporate statutory requirements since 1993; to implement statutory authority to assess penalties for noncompliant data submissions; to enhance the type and quality of information reported to ACF by modifying and expanding data elements and requiring agencies to submit historical data; and to remove outdated requirements that will allow title IV-E agencies and ACF to keep the pace with new technology.

In order to be considered, HHS must receive written comments on the proposed rules with 60 days of today’s publication (February 9, 2015). Interested persons can submit written comments through the mail at: Kathleen McHugh, Division of Policy, Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, 8th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20024. You may also transmit comments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov/.

Look for more information and future discussions of the proposed changes here and at the CWLA website.