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 2020, 1.4 children per 1,000 in the Mid-Hudson Valley region were admitted to foster care, down from 2.8 in 2000. This 52% decline in the regional rate compares to a 41% decline at the state level (excluding New York City), from 2.7 per 1,000 to 1.6 per 1,000. The region's rate has been consistently higher than the state rate since 2010 until 2020. Among the counties, Putnam had the lowest rate of children admitted to foster care at 0.2, while rates were significantly higher for Greene (4.2), and slightly higher for Sullivan (3.0) and Ulster (2.1).

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
Columbia County5.
Dutchess County2.
Greene County5.
Orange County2.
Putnam County0.
Sullivan County4.
Ulster County2.
NYS (excluding NYC)

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

Number of Foster Care Admissions
Columbia County9011712912210788931121087112267416965352422332228
Dutchess County15618722015215113816413713516615911112814316117616516110610765
Greene County606642515470727235435561696530504036264132
Orange County2782912722572596122221619718122122921021319916718719114615677
Putnam County14122392014316222211781415152017122673
Sullivan County786262655529424142293550544247434449725849
Ulster County122122908392608075777996111886195729610610110265
NYS (excluding NYC)7,3177,2947,0966,7106,8254,7136,3505,8685,9455,4935,2534,9754,9935,0335,2524,9184,6254,6454,5984,5753,617

Source: New York State Office of Children and Family Services