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Children in out-of-home placements in Wisconsin

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Why This Indicator Matters

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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.

The denominator for this indicator is the number of children in each county ages 17 and under, divided by 1,000. Population figures for the number of children ages 17 and under for each county are taken from OJJDP's Easy Access to Juvenile Populations, and are available as a separate indicator in the Kids Count Data Center.

Last Updated

November 2023