Change Indicator

Foster Care - Placement setting stability during reporting period in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

Every move a child makes in foster care creates one more traumatic episode, in addition to the circumstances that led to the initial out of home placement. Placement stability, and the ability to have a child stay in one placement setting, leads to better long-term outcomes. Unfortunately, nearly one-third of children in care post 12 months are experiencing 3 or more placement episodes.
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Definition and Source



Children in out-of-home placement between 12-24 months by the number of placement settings for the current episode.

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.


County-level data is no longer available after October 2017.

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