Childrens Report Card

Sacramento County Childrens Coalition

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Out of Home Placement

Maintaining stability or establishing permanency for children placed in foster care in Sacramento County remains a challenge. When compared to statewide data, children placed in foster care in Sacramento County are less likely to be placed with kin, slightly less likely to be placed with any or all of their siblings, and more likely to go through three or more placements while in foster care.

Children Entering Foster Care

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Why is this important?

  • Children require safe and stable families and environments to thrive; however, when a child is in danger, removal by Child Protective Services is necessary.
  • Permanency is defined as adoption, guardianship, and committed lifelong connections with a caring family or an adult who is significant in a youth’s life. Without permanency, youth often experience uncertainty about where they belong, who will care about them, and who will be there as they move into adulthood.
  • Compared to youth living with a parent, youth in foster care are at elevated risk of substance use, poor school attendance and grades, and violence-related behavior.

How are we doing?

  • Kinship placements are much lower in Sacramento county (19%) than is found statewide (26%).
  • Conversely, group home placement is much higher in Sacramento County (25%) than statewide (7%).
  • Group home placement is the least stable placement option for youth entering foster care.

Children Placed with Siblings

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Why is this important?

  • When a child is not able to return to the home of their parent, it is important to try to place sibling groups together and place with relatives when possible so they can retain a sense of family in their new environment.

How are we doing?

  • A lower percentage of children entering foster care in Sacramento County are placed with their siblings than is reported statewide.
  • About one-third (32%) of children with siblings are not placed with them when they enter foster care.
  • The rate of placement with siblings in Sacramento County has remained fairly consistent over the past few years.

Foster Care Placements

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Why is this important?

  • Permanence for children residing in out-of-home care is critical to the young, developing child. It is important that multiple placements be kept to an absolute minimum in order to sustain the developing child’s ability to attach to caregivers.

How are we doing?

  • More than 3,000 children and youth were in foster care in Sacramento County 2012.
  • For children who have been in foster care for more than two years,(1,055), three-quarters (75%) have had three or more placements, compared to two-thirds (64%) statewide.
  • More than one-third (38%) of those who have been in foster care more than one year, but less than two years (703), have had three or more placements.

Data Source: Center for Social Services Research

Last Updated on Saturday, 29 June 2013 11:59