Children and Youth
Rate of Foster Care Admissions

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Rate of Foster Care Admissions

What does this measure?

The annual number of children under age 18 placed in the care of the local Department of Social Services, expressed as a rate per 1,000 children under 18. Children admitted to foster care may be cared for in congregate care facilities, foster boarding homes, approved relative homes or a supervised independent living program.

Why is this important?

This is an indicator of families' inability to care for their children in a healthy and/or safe environment.

How is the region performing?

In 2021, 1.1 children per 1,000 in the Mid-Hudson Valley region were admitted to foster care, down from 2.8 in 2000. This 61% decline in the regional rate compares to a 45% decline at the state level (excluding New York City), from 2.7 per 1,000 to 1.5 per 1,000. The region's rate had been consistently higher than the state rate until 2020 and 2021. Among the counties, Putnam had the lowest rate of children admitted to foster care at 0.2, while rates were significantly higher for Greene (3.0).

Notes about the data

Foster care placement rates may be affected by county efforts to develop and implement alternative options to helping troubled families, such as foster care prevention programs.Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.

Rate of Foster Care Admissions
Columbia County5.
Dutchess County2.
Greene County5.
Orange County2.
Putnam County0.
Sullivan County4.
Ulster County2.
NYS (excluding NYC)

Source: New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Notes: Rates are per 1,000 youth under 18.

Number of Foster Care Admissions
Columbia County901171291221078893112108711226741696535242233274125
Dutchess County1561872201521511381641371351661591111281431611761651611061066142
Greene County60664251547072723543556169653050403626433023
Orange County2782912722572596122221619718122122921021319916718719114616376100
Putnam County141223920143162222117814151520171226624
Sullivan County78626265552942414229355054424743444972594924
Ulster County12212290839260807577799611188619572961061011016453
NYS (excluding NYC)7,3127,2807,0916,7066,8116,3366,3355,8515,9395,4855,2344,9584,9885,0275,2314,9164,6224,6334,5894,5833,5463,480

Source: New York State Office of Children and Family Services