Change Indicator

Foster Care - September 30 snapshot by placement goal in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

It is important to review trends on how the state is ensuring that children in out-of-home care are moving towards exiting with a family-based permanency goal and plan. Family-based goals, such as reunification and adoption continue to be the most utilized primary goals, rather than less ideal non-family based goals, such as long-term foster care and emancipation. Children who exit care to family-based settings are more likely to experience stability and positive long-term outcomes.
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Definition and Source



The number and percent of children in foster care on any given day (9/30) by latest primary placement goal.

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.


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