Children in foster care

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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.

The denominator for the percentage is the total child population ages 0 through 18 in respective geographic areas.

Data Source: North Dakota Department of Human Services, Children and Family Services and the U.S. Census Bureau's Population Division.

Footnotes: 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.