Change Indicator

Foster Care - Children served during reporting period by age group in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

It is important to understand the ages of children represented in foster care to dissect which populations are being most impacted. In 2018, one-third of the foster care population were transition age youth who are 13-21 years old.
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Definition and Source



The unduplicated total number of children in foster care placement at any time during the reporting period.  Age represents the child’s age at the end of the period if the child was in placement at the end of the period.  If the child left foster care during the year, then his or her age is captured at the discharge date.

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.


S = Suppressed.  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.

Last Updated

January 2024