Rate of Foster Care Admissions
What does this measure?
The annual number of children under age 18 placed in the care of the local Department of Social Services, expressed as a rate per 1,000 children under 18. Children admitted to foster care may be cared for in congregate care facilities, foster boarding homes, approved relative homes or a supervised independent living program.
Why is this important?
This is an indicator of families' inability to care for their children in a healthy and/or safe environment.
How is Dutchess County performing?
In 2015, 1.5 children per 1,000 in Dutchess County were admitted to foster care, up from 1.1 in 2000 and below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 1.6. The rate in Dutchess increased 36% since 2000. Rates in Dutchess have fluctuated from 2000-2014, with 2015 having the highest rate of since 2002. The state (excluding NYC) rate declined for most of the decade.
Notes about the data
Foster care placement rates may be affected by county efforts to develop and implement alternative options to helping troubled families, such as foster care prevention programs. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.