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NSCAW Child Well-Being Spotlight: More than One Quarter of Children Placed Out of Home Experience Placement Disruption in the First 18 Months After a Maltreatment Investigation

Published: March 4, 2013
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: Child Well-Being Spotlights

According to data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), 22.3% of children in families investigated for maltreatment were placed out of home at least once in the 18 months following the close of investigation. Among those placed out of home, 72.6% had one placement, 18.9% had two placements, and 8.5% had three or more placements. The oldest children in the study (13 to 17 years old) had a higher number of mean placements than younger children.

Last Reviewed: April 29, 2019