Children Involved with Child Welfare: A Transition to Adolescence

Published: April 15, 2010
Abuse, Neglect, Adoption & Foster Care
National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), 1997-2014 and 2015-2022 | Learn more about this project
NSCAW I: Longitudinal Follow-ups

This report is the third in a series presenting findings from the NSCAW Wave 5 follow-up. It provides information about 1,484 adolescents who were reported for maltreatment to the CWS when they were between 3 and 11 years old (baseline). Some children’s cases were closed after investigation; others had a case opened to CWS services. Although the majority remained at home after investigation, a small proportion were removed from their homes. Now, 6 to 7 years after the child protective services investigation, these adolescents are 11 to 17 years old. This report summarizes the safety, well-being, and service needs of both these adolescents and their caregivers at Wave 5. The report is organized into six main sections: Safety, Adolescent Well-Being, Services Received by Adolescents, Adolescents’ Caregivers, Services Received by Adolescents’ Caregivers, and Child Welfare System Services.