Federal Reporting

Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP)

The federal government (Children’s Bureau of the Administration for Children and Families) requires each state’s child welfare agency to create a five-year Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP). The CFSP is directly tied to federal government funding to support South Carolina Child Welfare programs.  The CFSP includes reporting on South Carolina’s performance on a number of measures, as well as specific reporting that is tied to each specific funding stream.  This plan also informs the federal government of South Carolina’s plans to continually improve our support of children and families in South Carolina.  ​ ​

Child and Family Service Plans

CFSP Targeted Plans 2020-2024

CFSP Targeted Plans 2015-2019


Title IV-B Annual Progress and Service Report (APSR)

The federal government requires each state’s child welfare agency to report annually on its progress in achieving the goals laid out in the Child and Family Services plan (as described above) in the Annual Progress and Service Report (APSR).  As with the Child and Family Services Plan, South Carolina is required to report on a number of performance measures as well as specific use of individual funding streams.  The Annual Progress and Service Report (APSR) is also an update to the Child and Family Services Plan, identifying progress on outlined plan goals and any changes to South Carolina’s plan.

Annual Progress and Service Reports:

APSR Addendum, Appendices, and Attachments:


Title IV-E State Plans

South Carolina receives federal funding through Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, which is an important funding stream for foster care costs. It provides for federal reimbursement for a portion of the maintenance and administrative costs of foster care for children who meet specified federal eligibility requirements. Each state has a Title IV-E State Plan that lays out the state’s specific participation in IV-E programs and funding. The plan identifies the state laws and regulations that have been enacted to comply with federal laws and regulations associated with the funding. ​


South Carolina Title IV-E Prevention Plan

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) is the most substantial funding reform in the child welfare arena in the last 20 years. It aims to correct the value-policy mismatch perpetuated by the former funding system, which incentivized foster care placement and did not provide funding for noncustodial and prevention services. The new approach to funding incentivizes placing children in family settings, providing evidence-based services, and working with relatives who care for children in their families outside of the foster care system.

Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) - Citizens Review Panel Reports


Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

The purpose of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is "...to protect the best interest of Indian Children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children and placement of such children in homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture... "(25 U.S. C. 1902). ICWA provides guidance to States regarding the handling of child abuse and neglect and adoption cases involving Native children and sets minimum standards for the handling of these cases.


Social Services Block Grants (SSBG)

The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is a flexible funding source that allows States and Territories to tailor social service programming to their population’s needs. Through the SSBG States provide essential social services that help achieve a myriad of goals to reduce dependency and promote self-sufficiency; protect children and adults from neglect, abuse and exploitation; and help individuals who are unable to take care of themselves to stay in their homes or to find the best institutional arrangements.

SSBG Plans and Pre-Expenditure Reports:

Child Welfare Services Transformation

Best Outcomes for Children and Families

Do you have a complaint regarding services being provided to a child by a state agency? Please submit your complaint by phone (1-800-206-1957) or an electronic submission form here with the South Carolina Department of Children's Advocacy.