Public and Secure Websites
Transition to Child and Family Services Review, Round 4 (CFSR4)
- Secure and public website versions of both the CFSR4-P4 and CFSR3-P4 Reentry measures are available. CCWIP will retain the CFSR3 version of P4 as a supplemental measure.
- The titles and labels for other federal measures have also been updated to reflect the transition to CFSR4: 4-S1, 4-S2, 4-P1, etc.
- Two full sets of CWS Outcomes workbooks are available: one set includes the new CFSR4 versions of measures and standards; the other set represents the CFSR3 versions, available for your reference. There are two separate download options on the CWS Outcomes download page.
Public and Secure Websites
- Measure 8A Outcomes for Youth Exiting Foster Care at Age 18 or Older
Public (Federal Fiscal Year) and Secure (Quarterly) Measure 8A workbooks are available. 8A data have been re-incorporated into the CWS Outcomes workbooks.
Measure 8A (public site)
Measure 8A (secure site – login required)
Transition-Age Youth Research & Evaluation Hub (TAY-Hub) Launch
CCWIP is pleased to announce the launch of the TAY-Hub web portal.
The TAY-Hub focuses on older adolescents and young adults involved with the California child welfare system. Mark Courtney and Andrea Lane Eastman are Co-Directors of the TAY-Hub. If you are interested in subscribing to the TAY-Hub newsletter please contact Andrea.Eastman@berkeley.edu
Daniel Webster, CCWIP’s Principal Investigator, directs TAY-Hub web reporting.
With the launch, three new online reports are available this quarter:
Entries to Foster Care (Age 18 to 20 Years) (public site)
Entries to Foster Care (Age 18 to 20 Years) (secure site – login required)
Point in Time/In Care (Age 18 to 21 Years) (public site)
Point in Time/In Care (Age 18 to 21 Years) (secure site – login required)
TAY Employment Status by Age (public site)
TAY Employment Status by Age (secure site – login required)
TAY Employment Status by Age links CWS/CMS and Employment Development Department (EDD) data to answer the question: Among Transition-Age Youth who were in out-of-home care (at some point Age 16-17) and turned 18 during a 12-month period, what percent had been employed by selected follow-up ages after they turned 18? The cumulative outcome ‘had any employment’ is reported at the follow-up ages of 19, 20, 21, 22, and 23.
TAY-Hub Report Index (access to the reports listed above) (public site)
TAY-Hub Report Index (access to the reports listed above) (secure site – login required)
Placement Type Label Update
The Placement Type label “Group” has been updated to “Group/STRTP.” The new label reflects the increase in placements in facilities designated as Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Programs (STRTPs). Please note that this does not represent a change in methodology; the category has included both placement types in previous quarters.
For details regarding Placement Type categories, please see the Placement Type methodology.
Public and Secure Websites
- Placement Stability (Entry Cohort)
We updated the analysis Placement Stability (Entry Cohort). It now uses a 12-month entry cohort; it previously used a 6-month entry cohort.
Placement Stability (Entry Cohort) (public site)
Placement Stability (Entry Cohort) (secure site – login required)
Poverty Population DataPoverty Population data was updated and now uses the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) 2016-2020 5-year Estimates.
Poverty Population (public site)
Poverty Population (secure site – login required)
We added single-time-period views of California rates data by age and by ethnicity (Detail View). Please use the ‘Report Options’ button to select time period and stratification.
In Care Rates
- Placement Type
We added the category ‘Tribally Approved Home’ to web reports stratified by placement type. For details please see the Placement Type methodology.
Reentry following Permanency (Exit Cohort), previously Reentry following Reunification
The supplemental measure Reentry following Reunification (Exit Cohort) has been modified to comply with the specifications for Federal CFSR 4, Permanency Measure 4. We added exits to guardianship to the denominator, changed the default to all days in care (rather than 8+ days), and renamed the measure to Reentry following Permanency (Exit Cohort).
Reentry following Permanency (Exit Cohort) (public site)
Reentry following Permanency (Exit Cohort) (secure site – login required)
California safety dashboard, by county
A new ‘by county’ version of the California safety dashboard has been added to the secure site. It provides you with the option to select any California county. Like the public California safety dashboard, it is drawn from multiple reports and provides visualizations of child-safety data.
Visit California safety dashboard, by county (secure site – login required)
We added a Relative / Nonrelative Placement Type selection to the 4A Siblings report (secure site – login required).
Please see the 4A Siblings methodology for details.
Placement Type Update
For measures 5B, 5F, 6B, and Reentry Following Permanency: The placement facility type ‘Temporary Shelter Care Facility’ (PLC_FCLC=7027) was shifted from the ‘Other’ to the ‘Shelter’ category. As a result, you may see increases in the Shelter category when compared with reports based on earlier CWS/CMS data extracts.
5B: Timely Health And Dental Exams (secure site – login required)
5F: Children Authorized For Psychotropic Medications (secure site – login required)
6B: Individualized Education Plan (IEP) (secure site – login required)
Reentry Following Permanency (Exit Cohort) (secure site – login required)
We added California Detail Views (crosstab counts) to the Allegations, Entries, and In Care reports.
Click on the 'California Detail View' to generate statewide crosstab output, and 'Report Options' button to specify time period, row and column dimensions for cross tabulations of statewide data.
The crosstab output is available in an interactive chart and as a data table. Crosstabs are available directly via the following links:
Allegations Detail View
Entries Detail View
In Care Detail View
Following the addition of runaway status to CWS/CMS, we modified our foster care placement data to more accurately identify runaway status. Across reports, this has caused shifts versus earlier extracts in placement type distributions, particularly reductions in Group Care and increases in the Runaway and Other categories. Changes are most notable in earlier time periods, in probation-supervised care, and when predominant placement type is selected. The predominant placement type data may be of interest to the field. We will continue to investigate and note these trends in the coming quarters.
Please see the Foster Care Files section, for information regarding the construction of the UCB_FC and UCB_FC_AFCARS datasets, at:
Notes on the Source Data
For details regarding the determination of placement type, please see: Placement Type Methodology (Opens in new window)
The public CWS Outcomes reports are now available via links to the applicable measures.
A specialized index allows access to the publicly available reports, for both child-welfare-supervised and probation-supervised care.
Public CWS Outcomes Index
Secure Site: Measure 8B: Youth Parents in Foster Care
We removed masking and added percentage views.
Visit Measure 8B (secure site - login required)
We added a methodology specific to Measures 4B(1) and 4B(2).
View Methodology 4B(1) or View Methodology 4B(2)
We restored the Median Length of Stay Report (First Entries) to the website after coding updates.
Visit Median Length of Stay (public site)
Visit Median Length of Stay (secure site - login required)
- 2010-2021 Child Population Data updated with California Department of Finance P-3: Population Projections by Race/Ethnicity, Detailed Age, and Gender, 2010-2060, July release.
- Investigation Rates added to Outcomes Workbooks
- Multi county views
have been added to the federal permanency measures 3-S1, S-S2, 3-P4, and 3-P5. The new views present performance over time for California and all California counties. Click the 'Multi County View' button at the left of any of these pages:
Visit 3-S1 (public site)
Visit 3-S2 (public site)
Visit 3-P4 (public site)
Visit 3-P5 (public site)
- We revised CCWIP’s Foster Care Data File (UCB_FC)
to include additional data, remove outdated variables, and simplify future modifications. For details, please see the ‘Notes on Source Data’ and ‘Foster Care Files’ pages.
- Safety Dashboard: California Child Safety Indicators
This new overview, drawn from multiple reports, provides visualizations of state-level child-safety data. Hover your mouse over charts to view data. Use info buttons to access contextual notes, menu icons to download charts, or the 'Explore Report Data' buttons to access the detailed reports associated with the charts. Please visit:
Visit Safety Dashboard
- Investigation Rates Report
The Investigation Rates report provides information about child maltreatment investigations in the context of California's child population.
Visit Investigation Rates (public site)
- Multi county views
have been added to the federal permanency measures 3-P1, 3-P2, and 3-P3. The new views present performance over time for California and all California counties. Click the 'Multi County View' button at the left of any of these pages:
Visit 3-P1 (public site)
Visit 3-P2 (public site)
Visit 3-P3 (public site)
- Allegation Rates and Substantiation Rates
each have their own page. Please visit:
Visit Allegation Rates (secure site - login required)
Visit Substantiation Rates (secure site - login required)
- County Memorization Feature
A new county memorization feature allows you to retain your county selection across reports within a session. Under 'Report Options' on any report, enable 'Remember County Selection.'
- Child Maltreatment Investigations added to Disparity Indices and Poverty Disparity Indices reports
Under 'Report Options,' select 'Investigations' as 'Type of Contact.
Visit Disparity Indices - Visit Poverty Disparity Indices
- Poverty Population Estimates
added with 2015-2019 American Community Survey 5-year Estimates.
Visit Poverty Population
- Investigation Rates added
Visit Investigation Rates (secure site - login required)
- Between 12/23/2020 and 03/12/2021 the posted 3-S1 denominators for Los Angeles County for the October 2019-September 2020 time period were incorrect. We apologize for the error. With the corrected denominators, the county rates per 100,000 days improved from the previously posted values.
- Child Maltreatment Allegations/Child Count
Multi-County View added - provides counts over time for California and individual counties.
- Poverty Disparity Indices by Ethnicity
These reports examine the degree to which groups of children have contact with the child welfare system at higher or lower rates than their presence in the poverty population.
Visit Poverty Disparity Indices
- Child Maltreatment Allegations/Child Count
Investigation dimension and filter added.
- Disparity Indices by Ethnicity
A new analysis! These reports examine the degree to which groups of children have contact with the child welfare system at higher or lower rates than their presence in the general population.
Visit Disparity Indices
- Please note: Since its February 2020 launch (Q3 2019 extract) percentage calculations on the public site have included the category Missing, if present. Previously Missing was excluded from percentage calculations. This change supports adherence to data de-identification guidelines and allows users to identify trends in missing data. With the Q1 2020 extract, this approach was implemented on the secure site.
- Recent changes to CWS/CMS have allowed for better coding of a child or youth’s sexual orientation gender identity and expression (SOGIE). In order to bring existing reports in line with these changes, we have updated Gender breakouts to reflect Sex at Birth, and added Intersex as an option. Categories now include Male, Female, Intersex, and Missing. For more information please consult: CDSS ALL COUNTY LETTER (ACL) NO. 19-20 https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/ACL/2019/19-20.pdf?ver=2019-04-03-081756-557
- For reports with row dimensions available to select, the category “missing” (when available) is included in percent calculations.
Greetings from the California Child Welfare Indicators Project (CCWIP)! We are pleased to announce that on March 1, 2020, we launched our new public-facing website: https://ccwip.berkeley.edu
We are so excited about this platform and encourage you to visit the site, explore, and let us know what you think. You have likely heard that recent Data De-identification Guidelines (DDG) adopted by CDSS require that any cell size less than 11 be masked in order to protect the confidentiality of individuals served by CDSS and the counties. While the new website was designed to adhere to these requirements, we have also used this opportunity to update our reporting platform with some new features. Specifically, you will notice that reports have been grouped and displayed with new organization. You may also notice that it is much easier to navigate through multiple reports since returning to the Report Index is now a possible, but not required, option to change measures. Most excitingly, you will notice that tables and graphs are much more interactive on the new website, allowing users to modify output at the same time they view and explore the data.
Please note that while our priority for the new website is to maintain as much functionality as possible while adhering to the DDG, some features may be lost in the short-term while we determine how they can be incorporated into the site while continuing to protect confidentiality. To this end, we have focused on providing trend data over time, with as many breakouts as possible considering the DDG. Further, we will continue to post county-specific AB636 quarterly outcomes workbooks (masked versions) for Child Welfare and Probation to support county system improvement efforts. Unmasked versions of these documents will be transmitted directly to the counties from CDSS.
We look forward to hearing your feedback on our new website, and to continuing our collective work toward child welfare system improvement!
The California Child Welfare Indicators (CCWIP) Team