Ohio Summit on Children Working Together for Our Future

CFSR DATA ANALYIS
Children in Custody at Month's End

HOW TO USE THE FILES

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  2. Download to your computer the following files:

    Children in Custody since January 2007
    Children in Custody since January 2000.

  3. Open a file.

    The number of children in custody (in placement) at the end of each month is a very informative measure, and we have provided two applications to provide perspective. The first application shows the number of children in placement since January 2007, and the second shows the number in placement since January 2000. Regardless which application is used, one can compare the number of children in placement relative to other times. One may also see distinct patterns established by regular highs and lows over time. A county leader can use these measures to judge workload; however, one should only do so cautiously, since these numbers do not reflect case difficulty.

QUESTIONS FOR LOCAL PLANNING TEAMS

  1. Are there highs and lows occurring at specific months, indicating seasonal variability?

  2. If there have been decreases (increases) in the number of children in placement over time, what policies and programs have contributed to this?

    • What is the long-term plan for those policies and programs?

    • How much longer do you think the decreases (increases) will continue?

    • How has the case mix changed over time?

    • How will the case mix change over the next two years?

    • How do these data compare to the length of stay analyses?

    • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, will the child population change over the next five years?

  3. If there has been no appreciable change in the caseload levels, what is contributing to this?

    • What is the long-term plan?

    • Are children in care too long?

    • Are there systemic bottlenecks keeping children in care?

    • How do these data compare to the length of stay analyses?

    • According to the U.S. Census Bureau, how will child population change over the next five years?

  4. Of the children in care now, how long have they been in care?

  5. When children in first placed, what services are begun immediately?