Change Indicator

Foster Care - Youth (ages 13 to 20) served during reporting period by placement goal in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

Court-ordered goals define the permanency option for a child, and ideally should be with the focus of resulting in a family-based setting. Older youth who do not achieve family-based permanency are more likely to age out of the system without positive supportive connections and have poorer adult outcomes.
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Definition and Source



The most recent goal set for youth (age 13 and older) in foster care during the reporting period.

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

October 2022