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 2022, 1.5 children per 1,000 in the Mid-Hudson Valley region were admitted to foster care, down from 2.6 in 2010. This 43% decline in the regional rate compares to a 27% decline at the state level (excluding New York City), from 2.1 per 1,000 to 1.5 per 1,000. The region's rate had been consistently higher than the state rate until 2020. Among the counties, Putnam had the lowest rate of children admitted to foster care, at 0.5, while rates were significantly higher for Greene (5.7).

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
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Region2.83.02.92.62.62.12.52.42.22.12.62.42.42.42.52.32.42.42.12.11.41.11.5
Columbia5.97.88.78.37.46.26.78.28.15.49.65.43.45.85.63.12.22.13.22.74.22.52.1
Dutchess2.22.63.12.12.11.92.32.02.02.52.41.72.02.32.73.02.92.91.91.91.10.81.8
Greene5.56.03.94.85.16.76.97.13.54.55.86.67.87.63.66.15.04.63.35.63.93.05.7
Orange2.82.92.72.52.50.62.12.11.91.82.22.32.12.22.01.71.92.01.51.70.81.01.0
Putnam0.60.50.90.30.85.60.60.90.90.50.30.30.60.70.71.00.80.61.30.30.10.20.5
Sullivan4.23.43.43.63.01.62.32.32.41.62.02.93.22.52.92.72.73.14.53.73.01.42.1
Ulster2.92.92.22.02.31.52.01.92.02.12.63.12.51.82.82.23.03.33.23.32.11.71.5
NYS (excluding NYC)2.72.72.62.52.52.42.42.22.32.12.12.02.02.02.22.01.92.02.02.01.51.51.5
U.S.4.04.14.14.04.14.24.13.93.73.43.43.43.43.53.63.73.73.73.63.53.02.8

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




Number of Foster Care Admissions
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
Region798857838739738589689675616580695637604608612563573577510505323271354
Columbia90117129122107889311210871122674169653524223327412520
Dutchess156187220152151138164137135166159111128143161176165161106106614299
Greene6066425154707272354355616965305040362643302343
Orange2782912722572596122221619718122122921021319916718719114616376100101
Putnam14122392014316222211781415152017122662410
Sullivan7862626555294241422935505442474344497259492435
Ulster1221229083926080757779961118861957296106101101645346
NYS (excluding NYC)7,3127,2807,0916,7066,8116,3366,3355,8515,9395,4855,2344,9584,9885,0275,2314,9164,6224,6334,5894,5833,5463,4803,476
U.S.291,962294,978301,969295,286304,148310,091302,083292,226272,298253,538252,775251,450251,352254,622264,531268,860273,174270,197263,776252,414216,842206,812

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 Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
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 Decreasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Economic Background Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Economic Background Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Decreasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Maintaining
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Increasing
Veterans Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Decreasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
Babies with Low Birth Weights Increasing
People Living wth HIV Increasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Renting Increasing
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Homeownership Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable


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