Foster Care - Children served during reporting period by race and Hispanic origin in Pennsylvania

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Definitions: The number and percent of children in out of home placement during the reporting period by race or Hispanic origin.  The “Non-Hispanic Other” category includes children who were not Hispanic, not White, not Black or African American, and whose record did not indicate more than one category. This category includes a small number of American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Unable to Determine.

Race or Hispanic origin are mutually exclusive categories. Children who are of Hispanic origin are not classified as any other race.

Data Source: PPC analysis of AFCARS longitudinal file produced by Public Consulting Group for Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families.


It is important to understand the racial and ethnic make-up of children represented in foster care to dissect which populations are being most impacted. Further analysis of the general population compared to the foster care population would be helpful to understand if racial and ethnic disproportionality exists in the overall foster care population.

Footnotes: Updated July 2019.