Foster Care - September 30 snapshot by placement setting in Pennsylvania

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Definitions: Shows the known latest placement setting for children in foster care on a given day (9/30).  Totals and percentages are based on those children for whom the placement is known. Placement settings are the different environments that children can be placed in while in 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: AFCARS Longitudinal File prepared for Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families by Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc.

Footnotes: Updated December 2018.