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HHS/ACF RIN: 0970-AC98 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) 

To ensure equitable treatment of all children and youth in child welfare, including Native American and LGBTQ+ children and youth, this rule will propose to require title IV-E agencies to collect and report for AFCARS additional information related to youth, foster parents, adoptive parents, and legal guardians. AFCARS data is used for planning, technical assistance, discretionary service grants, and research and evaluation, all with the goal of reducing entry into and improving outcomes of children in foster care.

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services(HHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 45 CFR 1355.41 et seq.   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 679   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kathleen McHugh
Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Room 2411, Children's Bureau, Division of Policy, 330 C Street SW,
Washington, DC 20201
Phone:202 401-5789
Fax:202 205-8221