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Child Welfare Outcomes 2003 - Families Link International

Child Welfare Outcomes 2003 - Families Link International

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factors regarding the number and characteristics of children who are the subject of substantiated childabuse or neglect reports and of children in the State's foster care system. The report also presents keyfindings across States on the relationship between contextual factors and State performance on theoutcome measures. Data pertaining to the measures and the contextual factors come from the FederalAdoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) and the National Child Abuseand Neglect Data System (NCANDS).The following table provides information regarding median State performance on key measurespertaining to the seven national outcomes. The States included in the calculation of the median arethose that provided acceptable data for a given outcome measure in all 4 years.Table 1. Median of State performance on key outcomes and measures in 2000, 2001, 2002, and2003 *Median Performance byYearOutcomes and Measures2000 2001 2002 2003Outcome 1: Reduce recurrence of child abuse and/or neglectMeasure 1.1—Of all children who were victims of substantiated orindicated child abuse and/or neglect during the first 6 months of the7.9%reporting period, what percentage had another substantiated or indicated7.5% 7.8% 7.7%report within a 6-month period? (N=34 States).Outcome 2: Reduce the incidence of child abuse and/or neglect in foster careMeasure 2.1—Of all children who were in foster care during thereporting period, what percentage was the subject of substantiated orindicated maltreatment by a foster parent or facility staff member?(N=27 States)0.47 0.55 0.52 0.40Outcome 3: Increase permanency for children in foster careMeasure 3.1—Of all children who exited foster care during thereporting period, what percentage left to either reunification, adoption,or legal guardianship (i.e., were discharged to a permanent home)?(N=44 States)85.7 85.4 86.4 86.7Measure 3.2—Of all children who exited foster care and were identifiedas having a diagnosed disability, what percentage left to eitherreunification, adoption, or legal guardianship (i.e., were discharged to apermanent home)? (N=37 States)79.6 78.6 79.8 78.2

Measure 3.3—Of all children who exited foster care and were olderthan age 12 at the time of their most recent entry into care, whatpercentage left to either reunification, adoption, or legal guardianship(i.e., were discharged to a permanent home)? (N=40 States)Measure 3.4—Of all children exiting foster care to emancipation, whatpercentage was age 12 or younger at the time of entry into foster care?(N=50 States)72.8 72.9 72.0 72.225.3 28.3 26.7 29.6Outcome 4: Reduce time in foster care to reunification without increasing re-entryMeasure 4.1—Of all children who were reunified with their parents orcaretakers at the time of discharge from foster care, what percentagewas reunified in less than 12 months from the time of entry into fostercare? (N=43 States)71.5 71.9 68.3 72.1Measure 4.2—Of all children who entered foster care during thereporting period, what percentage re-entered care within 12 months of aprior foster care episode? (N=46 States)Outcome 5: Reduce time in foster care to adoption10.6 11.2 10.8 9.8Measure 5.1—Of all children who exited foster care to a finalizedadoption, what percentage exited foster care less than 24 months fromthe time of the latest removal from home? (N=34 States)19.7 20.3 21.9 22.9Outcome 6: Increase placement stabilityMeasure 6.1—Of all children served who had been in foster care forless than 12 months, what percentage had no more than two placementsettings during that time period? (N = 51 States)84.2 83.3 84.3 84.0Outcome 7: Reduce placements of young children in group homes or institutionsMeasure 7.1—Of all children who entered foster care during thereporting period and were age 12 or younger at the time of their mostrecent placement, what percentage was placed in a group home orinstitution? (N=49 States)9.6 8.6 8.6 8.3*In order to depict meaningful change in State performance over time, this table includes only thoseStates that provided acceptable data for each measure in all 4 years. Therefore, the medians reportedin this table for State performance in 2003 may be slightly different than those presented in theReport chapters. For example, in 2003, 45 States provided data for outcome measure 1; the medianperformance of these States was 7.1 percent. However, only 34 States provided data for measure 1.1in all 4 years (2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003). The median State performance in 2003 for these 34

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