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Fostering Court Improvement Data

Overview of Fostering Court Improvement


Fostering Court Improvement (FCI) is a partnership between the Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University and the Children and Family Research Center in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created to covert existing state data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) and National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) into reports that inform the core work of both dependency courts and child welfare agencies.

In 2007, the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services partnered with Fostering Court Improvement to convert Nebraska data from NCANDS and AFCARS into reports that local teams of Through the Eyes and other partners could utilize in their practices of improving abuse/neglect court processing.

In 2008, the data was re-configured to exclude cases of delinquent children in foster care, and now only includes abuse/neglect foster care cases.

FCI in Nebraska


Andy Barclay, the principal data programmer of FCI, attended the Through the Eyes of the Child Initiative regional conferences in September 2007 to present Nebraska data on a statewide level. You can view these Data Analysis Presentations from each of the 4 regional conferences here.

In February 2008, Andy returned to Nebraska to provide more locally focused presentations to the local teams of Douglas County, Sarpy County and Lancaster County.

To view the powerpoint presentations from each of these local presentations, click on the appropriate location: the Sarpy County presentation, the Douglas County presentation, the Lancaster County presentation. To view a summary of the findings from all presentations, click here.

All reports are open to the public on the Fostering Court Improvement website, and are organized by judicial district, county and service area.

Access Nebraska Data

If you are a member of a Through the Eyes local team and would like training or technical assistance on your county or region's data, please contact Kelli Hauptman.