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ERIC Number: ED453965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 376
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Child Welfare Outcomes, 1998: Annual Report.
American Humane Association, Englewood, CO.
This report is the first in a series of annual reports presenting data on state performance in meeting the needs of children and families who come into contact with the child welfare system, focusing on outcomes for these children. The seven outcomes are: (1) reduce recurrence of child abuse/neglect; (2) reduce incidence of child abuse/neglect in foster care; (3) increase permanency for children in foster care; (4) reduce time in foster care to reunification without increasing re-entry; (5) reduce time in foster care to adoption; (6) increase placement stability; and (7) reduce placements of young children in group homes or institutions. The introductory chapter depicts the child welfare system as seen through the perspective of children in the system, describes current challenges in child welfare, and details the Congress' and Department of Health and Human Services' responses to these challenges. Chapter 2 presents the seven outcomes, measures for each outcome, and the rationale for their selection. Chapter 3 describes the data sources used for measuring state performance. Chapter 4 presents key findings from the first year's effort, summarizes performance data for 30 states, with the best available data on the measures, and highlights implications for policy and practice. Chapter 5, the bulk of the report, presents individual state data pages, with each state having two pages of context data and three pages of outcome measures; some states include an additional page of commentary. Key findings indicate that in 1997, there were 485,870 child victims of maltreatment in 30 states, more than half suffering neglect. Forty-one percent of children entering foster care in fiscal year 1998 were 11 years or older. The median length of stay for children exiting care was 10.8 months. African American and Alaska Native/American Indian children were over-represented in foster care. Almost half the 23,523 children adopted were African American. The report's seven appendices include additional national statistics, measures associated with each of the outcomes, and data sources. (KB)
National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information, 330 C Street, SW, Washington, DC 20447; Tel: 800-394-3366 (Toll-Free); Tel: 703-385-7565; Fax: 703-385-3206; Web site:; Web site:; e-mail:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS/ACF), Washington, DC. Children's Bureau.
Authoring Institution: American Humane Association, Englewood, CO.