As 2017 draws to a close, the deadline for transitioning to a Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) approaches. August 1, 2018 marks the end of the transition period for Title IV-E agencies to either make the switch to a CCWIS from a S/TACWIS, abandon the CCWIS or build a new CCWIS. Though the transition is not required to be complete by the August 1, 2018 deadline, Title IV-E agencies must begin the process to be eligible for funding options.
Today, there are still 18 state governments that do not have SACWIS. The other 32 states are running slow, heavy, and outdated platforms that struggle to be considered functional. This has left many human services agencies without the essential technology which has become standard in most industries.
A recent investigation into Kansas’s state foster care system revealed that over 70 children are currently unaccounted for. Addressing the outrage from Kansas lawmakers, major foster care system contractors responded that the numbers represented 1 percent of children in foster care, which is considered in line with the national average.