Change Indicator

Foster Care - September 30 snapshot by race or ethnicity in Pennsylvania

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Why This Indicator Matters

It is important to understand the total population of in children out-of-home care, as well as the specific racial and ethnic make-up of groups being most impacted. A study of transition age youth ages 13 to 21 published in 2018 shows racial disproportionality of African-American youth in foster care in Pennsylvania, compared to the general population of the same age group.
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Definition and Source



The number and percent of children in out of home placement on any given day (9/30) by race or Hispanic origin.  The “Non-Hispanic Other” category includes children who were not Hispanic, not White, not Black or African American, and whose record did not indicate more than one category. This category includes a small number of American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and Unable to Determine.

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.


Race or Hispanic origin are mutually exclusive categories. Children who are of Hispanic origin are not classified as any other race.

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