Foster Care - Children served during reporting period by latest placement setting in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

Children should be placed in the most family-based setting, ideally being placed with kin. Foster family settings continue to be the leading placement setting, with rates of placement with relative foster care increasing since 2010.
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Definitions: Shows the latest placement setting that children were in during the reporting period.  Placement settings are the different environments that children can be placed in when they enter the foster care system.  Pre-adoptive settings, as well as foster family settings (both relative and non-relative) are family-based placement settings.  Group homes and institutions are more restrictive placement settings and are often referred to as congregate care settings.

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.

Footnotes: Updated July 2019.