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Title: Evaluation of the Improving Child Welfare Outcome through Systems of Care Grant Program.

OMB No.: 0970-0288.

Description: The 1994 Amendments to the Social Security Act (SSA) authorize the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to review State child and family service programs to ensure conformance with the requirements in titles IV-B and IV-E of SSA. Under the Final Rule, which took effect March 25, 2000, States are assessed for substantial conformity with certain Federal requirements for child-welfare services. The Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSR), administered by the Children's Bureau, are designed to ensure conformity with Federal child-welfare requirements and, ultimately, to help States improve child welfare services and outcomes, specifically safety, permanency and well-being outcomes for child-welfare-involved children and their families. States determined not to have achieved substantial conformity in any of the areas assessed are required to develop and implement Program Improvement Plans (PIP) addressing the areas of nonconformity.

The Systems of Care grant cluster, from which these data are proposed to be collected, is designed to encourage public child-welfare agencies to address the issues identified in their State's CPSR. The data collected from these demonstration sites will allow the Children's Bureau to test whether this approach can help States reach the goals stated in their PIP and explore how child-welfare can benefit from being part of a system of care. Data will be collected via interviews, forms completed by project staff, surveys, focus groups and case-file reviews. Data also will be collected to determine the extent to which the Technical Assistance (TA) provided, brokered or contracted by the TA and Evaluation Center is meeting the needs of the grantees, and how.

Respondents: Systems of Care Project Directors (members of the Systems of Care collaborative may include representatives from mental health, juvenile justice, education, health, among others); child-welfare agency supervisors and caseworkers; partner agency caseworkers; and families who have been involved with the child-welfare system.

Annual Burden Estimates

InstrumentAffected publicNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden hours per responseTotal burden hours
Stakeholder SurveyIndividuals/Households201.510
Private Sector601.530
State/Local/Tribal1901.595
Child-Welfare Agency SurveyState/Local/Tribal60011600
Supervisor InterviewsState/Local/Tribal901190
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Stakeholder InterviewsIndividuals/Households101110
Private Sector301130
State/Local/Tribal501150
Project Director InterviewsState/Local/Tribal231123
Focus Group with Family MembersIndividuals/Households10211.5153
Parent Partner InterviewsState/Local/Tribal241124
Child-Welfare Agency and Partner agency group interviewsPrivate Sector State/Local/ Tribal80 2001 11.5 1.5120 300
Community Description FormState/Local/Tribal912.523
Organizational Structure Form for Case Study SitesState/Local/Tribal3126
Organizational Structure Form for Non-Case Study SitesState/Local/Tribal201120
Collaborative Membership FormState/Local/Tribal2311.535
Training and Technical Assistance Quality Assurance AssessmentState/Local/Tribal231123
Training and TechnicalIndividuals/Households212.256
State/Local/Tribal812.2524
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours:1672

Additional Information:

Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACE Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. E-mail address: infocollection@acf.hhs.gov.

OMB Comment:

OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Fax: 202-395-6974, Attn: Desk Officer for the Administration for Children and Families.

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Dated: August 7, 2008.

Robert Sargis,

Reports Clearance, Officer.

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[FR Doc. E8-18788 Filed 8-14-08; 8:45 am]

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