The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and the Children’s Bureau released a brief on the use of congregate care in the child welfare system. Through examining trends from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), federal, state, and local agencies were able to collect data elements which are designed to help policymakers and advocates better understand the population of children and youth who are likely to experience congregate care and what, if any, additional supports may be needed to further reduce reliance on it as a placement setting.
This report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2018. As states are permitted to resubmit AFCARS data, the estimates may change over time. This report reflects all AFCARS data received as of August 22, 2019 related to AFCARS reporting periods through September 30, 2018.
This brief presents the latest findings from NYTD surveys completed by youth in NYTD Cohort 2 at age 19 (in FY 16). The brief also presents select comparisons of results between Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 youth at ages 17 and 19.