Definitions: This indicator represents children placed in living situations outside
their family home as a result of Juvenile Court intervention. In most
cases custody is given to either a County Social Service Board, a
Tribal Social Service office, the Division of Juvenile Services, or the
Executive Director of the North Dakota Department of Human Services
(e.g., in cases where parental rights have been terminated). Numbers
are unduplicated cases and exclude subsidized adoption. The data represent all children receiving foster care services during the fiscal year.
A Family Home placement is an occupied private residence in which
foster care is regularly provided by the owner or lessee to no more
than four children, unless all of the children in foster care are
related to each other by blood or marriage, in which case such
limitation does not apply. Family foster care includes relative placements, family foster homes, and trial home visits.
A Residential Child-Care Facility is a public or private institutional
facility providing foster care to more than eight unrelated children,
except as may be otherwise provided by rule or regulation. Facilities
may include child-care institutions, residential treatment facilities,
maternity homes, etc. A Group Home is an occupied private residence in
which foster care is regularly provided for more than four but fewer
than 10 unrelated children.
Other Placements represent the number of children in supervised independent living, runaways, and cases for which no specific placement was
The percentage is the proportion these children (in each subgroup) represent of the child population ages 0 through 18 in foster care in respective geographic areas.
Data Source: North Dakota Department of Human Services, Children and Family Services.
GEOGRAPHY - Data reflect the child's place of residence.
DATE - Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) (October 1 - September 30).
NOTE - Prior to FFY 2004, foster care data presented on the county
level reflect only those children for whom the County Social
Service Board in question was responsible. Thus, the county numbers do
not include children in the custody of a division other than a County
Social Service Board. Children in the custody of organizations other
than County Social Service Boards are included in the statewide total.
Beginning with FFY 2004 data, all children being served by foster care,
regardless of the custodian, are reported for each county where they are being served. LIMITATIONS - Data are not reported for geographies where the number of
children in foster care is five or less. In these cases, "LNE"
is indicated for
Low Number Events.
Note: Maps use the natural break classification method, which reflects patterns
in the data by dividing the map into naturally occurring groups. Using statistical tools, this method
determines cut-off points for each group by identifying large gaps in data values.