Change Indicator

Foster Care - September 30 snapshot by age group in Pennsylvania

Foster Care - September 30 snapshot by age group

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Why This Indicator Matters

It is important to understand the total population of children in out-of-home care, as well as the specific age groups being most impacted. Children under the age of 6 make up the largest population of foster care placements, due to their extreme vulnerability and inability to care for or protect themselves. However, in 2018, transition aged youth 13 to 21 made up one-third of the foster care population.
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Definition and Source



The number of children of all ages placed out of home on a given day (9/30). Out-of-home placements include family foster homes, group homes, community-based placement, emergency placement, supervised independent living, and residential placement.

Data Source

PPC analysis of AFCARS longitudinal file produced by Public Consulting Group for Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families.


The sum of the age groups will not total 'All Age Groups' due to those cases where age is unknown.

Statistics (rates, ratios, percents) are not calculated and displayed for counts less than 10 (or less than 3 for Bayesian/Nearest Neighbor rates). This is due to the unreliability of statistics based on small numbers of events.

Updated October 2022.

Last Updated

October 2022