Children in out-of-home placements in New Hampshire

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Why This Indicator Matters

In New Hampshire, child safety concerns are addressed by the Child Protection Services (CPS) division of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). The state of New Hampshire is legally responsible for children placed in out-of-home care. Nearly two-thirds of New Hampshire youth in CPS out-of-home placements between 2003 and 2012 were under the age of 10. More than one in ten New Hampshire youth who have been in out-of-home placements in the past are placed out of the home again after returning to their families. Rates of returning to out-of-home placements by youth’s county of residence were found to be as high as one in five in Sullivan County (20.9 percent) and Merrimack County (20.7 percent) (Boakye, Lim, and Ogren, 2014).
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Definitions: Number of children/youth who were in out-of-home Child Protection Services (CPS) or Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) placement during the state fiscal year. Rates are per 1,000 children under 18 in the population.

Data Source: DHHS, Division for Children, Youth and Families/Division for Juvenile Justice Services
Population data to calculate rates from 2013 Census Population Estimates, Table PEPAGESEX

New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (2016).

Definitions and findings references:
Abu Boakye, S., C. Lim, and S. Ogren (2014). Youth Re-entry into Out-of-Home Placement. Policy brief prepared for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Youth and Families. http://rockefeller.dartmouth.edu/shop/prs_reentry_082814.pdf   

Footnotes: 2013 Data Note: County information is missing for 162 cases. Therefore, the state total exceeds the total of counties.