Change Indicator

Children placed in foster care in Washington

Children placed in foster care

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Definition and Source



Number and rate per 1,000 of children under 18 years of age in foster care placement.

Data Source

Data for this measure come from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Research and Data Analysis (RDA), Client Services Database which compiles client service and expenditures records from more than 20 of the agency's client record and payment systems. The figures reported here are also referred to as “User rates” in their annual report. Data were retrieved on December 1, 2019 from 

S: Data have been suppressed due to low numbers. Data were suppressed if there were less than 10 cases.


Data last updated in December 2019 by Washington KIDS COUNT.

According to DSHS, “Foster Care Placement Services are provided when children need short-term or temporary protection because they are abused, neglected, and/or involved in family conflict. The goal of Foster Care Placement Services is to return children to their homes or to find another permanent home as early as possible. Children are served in out-of-home placements exclusively. Placement types include traditional Foster Care Placements as well as placements in Family Receiving Homes. Client counts for Foster Care Placement Services include only the children being served, not their families. Children receiving Foster Care Placement Services are served exclusively in out-of-home settings. Foster Care Placement Services may be provided without prior Child Protective Services (CPS) involvement.”

Last Updated

December 2019