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HHS/ACF RIN: 0970-AC72 Publication ID: Fall 2017 
Title: ●Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System  

This advanced notice of proposed rulemaking seeks public suggestions in particular from state and tribal title IV-E agencies and Indian tribes, tribal organizations and consortiums, for streamlining the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data elements and removing any undue burden related to reporting AFCARS.



Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 45 CFR 1355   
Legal Authority: Sections 474(f), 479 and 1102 of the Social Security Act   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

The reporting requirements for the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) have doubled in the past year. In an effort to ensure that an appropriate balance is achieved between reporting burden and administering high-quality programs that provide services to children and families. By engaging in this rulemaking process, the public and stakeholders will be afforded an opportunity to provide input on what data collections are most useful to the administration of child welfare programs.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Section 479 of the Social Security Act requires HHS regulate a national data collection system which provides comprehensive information on adopted and foster children and their parents.


None. This rule implements statutory requirements.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

An estimate of costs to states to modify their existing data systems is not available at this time.



Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  10/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kathleen McHugh
ACYF/Children's Bureau
Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
330 C Street SW,
Washington, DC 20201
Phone:202 401-5789