Foster Care Reunification - First-time entries reunified within 12 months

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Definitions: This indicator shows the number and percent of all children who entered foster care for the first time in a 12-month period and were discharged to reunification with their parents or other relatives in less than 12 months from the date of removal.  Children must have been in foster care eight days or more to be included in this indicator.

Data Source: AFCARS Longitudinal File prepared for Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families by Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc.

Footnotes: It is important when reviewing reunification data to recognize the interrelationship with re-entry data.  Ideally, children who must enter foster care will be reunified quickly and permanently with their birth parents or relatives – and not experience re-entry into foster care.