State Comparative Performance Measurement: Child Welfare

 

Over the past decade, governments at all levels have increased tracking results of government services. No effort has been made, however, to launch a comprehensive effort to compare state service outcomes in multiple services. Efforts to date across the state government community are piecemeal and limited to narrow issues or single service areas. This new Council of State Governments’ effort is intended to fill that gap. 

This is the first in a planned series of regular reports that provide comparative data on key outcome indicators of selected state services. The data provide a basis for each state to compare its outcomes to other states, using information that is reasonably comparable. States can then compare themselves to other states and help identify where improvement may be needed.
These reports are intended for state government and citizen use as one approach to encourage continual improvement in state services. 
 
The reports include:
  • data voluntarily provided by states to the Council of State Governments;
  • data from federal agencies calculaitng values using data provided by the states; and 
  • data from federal sources that originated the data.

This report includes bar charts for outcome indicators for two major child welfare programs administered by states—adoption and foster care.  This includes the nubmer of children per thousand in the foster care system who were victims of maltreatment by a foster parent or facility

staff member; the percent of children reunited with their families in less than 12 months; the median time to adoption from time of latest removal from the home; the percent of children in the foster care system for less than 12 months that had two or fewer placements; the percent of children in the foster care system for 12 to 23 months that had two or fewer placements; the percent of children in the foster care system for 24 or more months that had two or fewer placements; and the percent of children that re-entered foster care in less than 12 months of being reunited with their families.
 

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