Ohio Summit on Children Working Together for Our Future

CFSR DATA ANALYIS
Children in Care Longer than One Year

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    Many counties have shown substantial decreases in the number of children in placement point-in-time. While these decreases are remarkable, for some counties the decreases appear affiliated to the length of time children have spent in placement. In this regard, as the percent of children in placement longer than one year has increased, the number of children in placement has decreased.

    This inverse relationship indicates that children in placement for short periods are leaving placement faster than those in placement for long periods. It is exigent for counties exhibiting this pattern to re-visit the policies and services given to this often-distressed population to assure they are receiving effective services. This presentation shows the number and percent of children in placement for longer than one year for each county.

QUESTIONS FOR LOCAL PLANNING TEAMS

  1. If caseloads have decreased, has the percent of children in care for more than one year increased?

  2. What services are most appropriate for children in care longer than one year?

  3. How can we quantify the number of children in need of specific services compared with the number of children in demand of the specific services?

  4. If there is no relationship between the number of children in care and the percent of children in care for more than one year, what is contributing to this? What does this pattern mean?

  5. If there has been little change in the percent of children in care longer than one year for several years, how many children are there and when do they leave care?

  6. If the number of children in care and the percent in care for more than one year has decreased, how have policies, programs and services contributed to this?