Definition: Percentage of first entries into foster care for children under age 18, by type of out-of-home placement (e.g., 27.3% of children entering foster care for the first time in California in 2013-2015 were placed with relatives).
Data Source: Webster, D., et al. Child Welfare Services Reports for California, U.C. Berkeley Center for Social Services Research (Jun. 2016).
Footnote: First entries into foster care are unduplicated counts of children under the supervision of county welfare departments and exclude cases under the supervision of county probation departments, out-of-state agencies, state adoptions district offices, and Indian child welfare departments. Counts are based on the first out-of-home placement of eight days or more, even if it was not the first actual placement. A 'Foster Family Agency Home' is overseen by licensed non-profit agencies, whereas 'Foster Homes' are licensed directly by a county. (For more on Foster Family Agencies, see http://www.childsworld.ca.gov/PG1346.htm.) A 'Court Specified Home' can be of any type, but is mandated by the court. 'Other' includes medical facilities, tribe-specified homes, and pre-adoptive care. LNE (Low Number Event) refers to data that have been suppressed because there were fewer than 160 first entries into foster care. The sum of all placement type percentages may not sum to 100% due to missing values.