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Children, Youth, and Family Services (CYFS)

The Children, Youth, and Family Services domain supports timely, complete, accurate, and efficient information-sharing among the partners that can help improve outcomes for children and youth whose circumstances make them particularly vulnerable.

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Programs/Lines of Business Supported

The National Judicial-Child Support Task Force, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), developed two Information Exchange Package Documents (IEPDs) using NIEM’s predecessor, the Global Justice XML Data Model. The Task Force included representatives from state and tribal CSE agencies and courts, staff from OCSE’s regional and central offices, and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). The Initial Request for Remedy IEPD describes the agency’s case-initiation message to the court; the Child Support Order IEPD describes the court’s findings and judgment concerning the financial responsibilities of a minor’s non-custodial parent.

The Court/Child Welfare National Exchange Template (NET) Project developed several IEPDs to describe the exchange of information between a state or local child welfare agency and a court with jurisdiction over child abuse, neglect, and dependency cases. The NET team included representatives from the HHS ACF Children’s Bureau’s Division of State Systems, two of the Children’s Bureau’s National Resource Centers (Child Welfare Data and Technology, and Legal and Judicial Issues), representatives from state and local child welfare agencies and courts, and NCSC.

The Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Juvenile Information Sharing Initiative (OJJDP’s NJIS) worked with one of its Juvenile Information Sharing pilot sites to identify and develop several high-priority data exchange specifications, including education messages among juvenile probation, law enforcement, and a public school district. In a collaborative effort, OJJDP’s NJIS worked with the University of Massachusetts Medical School to develop the data exchange for the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument (MAYSI-2). This data exchange has been successfully implemented with one of the NJIS’s pilot sites. Additional data exchanges developed include information regarding a serious, habitual offender, drug-involved (SHODI), record of law enforcement’s Field Contact with a juvenile, and Human Service placement and services exchanges.

Learn how​ NIEM-conformant data exchanges help keep kids safe.  

​​Important Versioning Information

The CYFS domain content is a domain update, not part of a new NIEM release. To access the new CYFS elements in the SSGT, you must select "NIEM 2.1 with Domain Updates" on the Options page as the version you wish to use. The default SSGT setting does not include the new CYFS elements.

Both the new CYFS elements and the older Family Services (FS) elements are available and you can freely use elements from either schema. However, the older FS schema is considered deprecated by the new CYFS schema. Please use the new CYFS schema for any new exchange work. Future domain work will build from this schema.

NIEM Domain Content

Download the CYFS 3.0 schema.

Domain Stewardship

Two agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (OCSE and the Children’s Bureau) and two agencies within the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJJDP and the Bureau of Justice Assistance) have teamed up with the National Center for State Courts to steward this domain.


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