Change Indicator

Children in out-of-home placements in Wisconsin

Children in out-of-home placements

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Why This Indicator Matters

More information on out-of-home care from Kids Forward: Children and Youth Do Best When Growing up in a Family-Like Setting.
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Definition and Source



These data are a point-in-time count of children placed in out-of-home care settings on December 31st of each year. Out of home placement settings include:

  • Foster homes, including receiving homes, family foster homes, treatment foster home and pre-adoptive foster homes
  • Unlicensed relative and non-relative homes
  • Group homes
  • Residential care centers (RCCs)
  • Shelter care
  • Detention
  • Trial reunification
  • Supervised independent living
  • Hospital/mental health facility
  • Missing from out-of-home care

These data may have been influenced by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in 2020.

Data Source

These data are from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families' annual Wisconsin Out-of-Home Care (OHC) Report.

Last Updated

December 2023