Children And Youth
Rate of Foster Care Admissions

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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 the region performing?

In 2018, 2.1 children per 1,000 in the Mid-Hudson Valley region were admitted to foster care, down slightly from 2.8 in 2000. This 24% decline in the regional rate compares to a 26% decline at the state level (excluding New York City), from 2.7 per 1,000 to 2.0 per 1,000. The region's rate has been consistently higher than the state rate since 2010. Among the counties, Putnam had the lowest rate of children admitted to foster care at 1.3, while rates were significantly higher for Sullivan (4.5), and slightly higher for Greene (3.3), Columbia and Ulster (both at 3.2).

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.

Rate of Foster Care Admissions
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Region2.83.02.92.62.62.12.52.42.22.12.62.42.42.42.52.32.42.42.1
Columbia County5.97.88.78.37.46.26.78.28.15.49.65.43.45.85.63.12.22.13.2
Dutchess County2.22.63.12.12.11.92.32.02.02.52.41.72.02.32.73.02.92.91.9
Greene County5.56.03.94.85.16.76.97.13.54.55.86.67.87.63.66.15.04.63.3
Orange County2.82.92.72.52.50.62.12.11.91.82.22.32.12.22.01.71.92.01.5
Putnam County0.60.50.90.30.85.60.60.90.90.50.30.30.60.70.71.00.80.61.3
Sullivan County4.23.43.43.63.01.62.32.32.41.62.02.93.22.52.92.72.73.14.5
Ulster County2.92.92.22.02.31.52.01.92.02.12.63.12.51.82.82.23.03.33.2
NYS (excluding NYC)2.72.72.62.52.51.82.42.22.32.12.12.02.02.12.22.01.92.02.0
U.S.4.04.14.14.04.14.24.13.93.73.43.43.43.43.53.63.73.73.7

Source: New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Notes: Rates are per 1,000 youth under 18.




Number of Foster Care Admissions
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Region798857838739738589689675616580695637604608612563573577510
Columbia County901171291221078893112108711226741696535242233
Dutchess County156187220152151138164137135166159111128143161176165161106
Greene County60664251547072723543556169653050403626
Orange County27829127225725961222216197181221229210213199167187191146
Putnam County141223920143162222117814151520171226
Sullivan County78626265552942414229355054424743444972
Ulster County1221229083926080757779961118861957296106101
NYS (excluding NYC)7,3177,2947,0966,7106,8254,7136,3505,8685,9455,4935,2534,9754,9935,0335,2524,9184,6254,6454,598
U.S.291,962294,978301,969295,286304,148310,091302,083292,226272,298253,538252,775251,450251,352254,622264,357268,808272,952269,690

Source: New York State Office of Children and Family Services




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Maintaining
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Decreasing
Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Household Types Increasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Increasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Seniors Living in Poverty Decreasing
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Maintaining
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Increasing
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Maintaining
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Increasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Decreasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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