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 2020, 1.4 children per 1,000 in the Mid-Hudson Valley region were admitted to foster care, down from 2.8 in 2000. This 52% decline in the regional rate compares to a 41% decline at the state level (excluding New York City), from 2.7 per 1,000 to 1.6 per 1,000. The region's rate has been consistently higher than the state rate since 2010 until 2020. Among the counties, Putnam had the lowest rate of children admitted to foster care at 0.2, while rates were significantly higher for Greene (4.2), and slightly higher for Sullivan (3.0) and Ulster (2.1).

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
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Region2.83.02.92.62.62.12.52.42.22.12.62.42.42.42.52.32.42.42.12.11.4
Columbia County5.97.88.78.37.46.26.78.28.15.49.65.43.45.85.63.12.22.13.22.22.8
Dutchess County2.22.63.12.12.11.92.32.02.02.52.41.72.02.32.73.02.92.91.92.01.2
Greene County5.56.03.94.85.16.76.97.13.54.55.86.67.87.63.66.15.04.63.35.34.2
Orange County2.82.92.72.52.50.62.12.11.91.82.22.32.12.22.01.71.92.01.51.60.8
Putnam County0.60.50.90.30.85.60.60.90.90.50.30.30.60.70.71.00.80.61.30.40.2
Sullivan County4.23.43.43.63.01.62.32.32.41.62.02.93.22.52.92.72.73.14.53.63.0
Ulster County2.92.92.22.02.31.52.01.92.02.12.63.12.51.82.82.23.03.33.23.32.1
NYS (excluding NYC)2.72.72.62.52.51.82.42.22.32.12.12.02.02.12.22.01.92.02.02.01.6
U.S.4.04.14.14.04.14.24.13.93.73.43.43.43.43.53.63.73.73.73.63.53.0

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




Number of Foster Care Admissions
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Region798857838739738589689675616580695637604608612563573577510493319
Columbia County9011712912210788931121087112267416965352422332228
Dutchess County15618722015215113816413713516615911112814316117616516110610765
Greene County606642515470727235435561696530504036264132
Orange County2782912722572596122221619718122122921021319916718719114615677
Putnam County14122392014316222211781415152017122673
Sullivan County786262655529424142293550544247434449725849
Ulster County122122908392608075777996111886195729610610110265
NYS (excluding NYC)7,3177,2947,0966,7106,8254,7136,3505,8685,9455,4935,2534,9754,9935,0335,2524,9184,6254,6454,5984,5753,617
U.S.291,962294,978301,969295,286304,148310,091302,083292,226272,298253,538252,775251,450251,352254,622264,531268,860273,174270,200262,902252,352216,838

Source: New York State Office of Children and Family Services




INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
Teen Pregnancy Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Juvenile Delinquency Intakes Decreasing
Bullying at School Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Total Population Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Types Not Applicable
Change in Total Jobs Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Employment by Sector Not Applicable
Spending for County Government Increasing
Tourism Revenue Decreasing
Preschoolers Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Decreasing
Per-Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Student Group Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 4 Math, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
High School Cohort Dropout Rate Decreasing
High School GED Rate Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Seniors Living in Poverty Maintaining
Children Receiving Subsidized Child Care Maintaining
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Economically Disadvantaged Students Increasing
Earned Income Tax Credit Participation Decreasing
Living Wage Rate by Household Type Not Applicable
Income in Relation to Poverty Level Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care, by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Domestic Violence Decreasing
Deaths from Drug Overdoses Increasing
Babies with Low Birth Weights Maintaining
People Living wth HIV Increasing
Mental Health Clinic Visits Decreasing
Homeownership Rates Maintaining
Homeless Persons Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing


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