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Placement Type: A child’s out-of-home placement type is captured in the following categories. The CWS/CMS codes for each category are drawn from the variable PLC_FCLC (unless otherwise noted) and listed below. Underlined names represent the names displayed in output tables.

  1. Pre-Adopt
  2. Relative/NREFM
    • Relative/NREFM Home (1421)
    • Tribe Specified Home (1422)
    • County Approved Resource Family Approval (RFA) Home (6914) where SCP_RLTC = 1638 or 1639
    • Foster Family Agency Resource Family Approval (RFA) Home (6915) where SCP_RLTC = 1638 or 1639
  3. Foster
    • Foster Family Home (1416)
    • Small Family Home (1415)
    • County Approved Resource Family Approval (RFA) Home (6914) where SCP_RLTC = 1636, 1637, or 6715
  4. FFA
    • Foster Family Agency (1414)
    • Foster Family Agency Certified Home (2200)
    • Foster Family Agency Resource Family Approval (RFA) Home (6915) where SCP_RLTC = 1636, 1637, or 6715
  5. Court Specified (1419)
  6. Group
    • Group Home (1417)
    • Short-Term Residential Therapeutic Program (STRTP) (6916)
  7. Shelter (1418)
  8. Non-Foster-Care (Non-FC)
  9. Guardian (5411)
    • Guardian – Dependent
    • Guardian – Non-Dependent
  10. Runaway (PLCG_RNC=1431)
  11. Trial Home Visit (PLCG_RNC=1440)
  12. Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) (6716)
  13. Transitional Housing (TRNHSG_IND = Y or TRNHSG_FAC = Y)
  14. Other (all other codes)
  15. Missing
Not all placement types are included for all reports. For example, the following placement types may be excluded if not relevant to a report:
  • Pre-Adopt
  • Trial Home Visit
  • Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP)
  • Non-Foster-Care (Non-FC)
  • Guardian – Dependent
  • Guardian
    • Guardian – Dependent
    • Guardian – Non-Dependent
If there are instances of a placement type that is not offered for a particular report, then those instances will be counted in the Other category for that report.

When they are used, the additional or more detailed categories are determined as follows:
  • Children who have a signed adoption agreement are coded as Pre-Adopt.
  • Depending on the report, children with an assignment of Guardian may be coded as the part of the single category Guardian or may be coded as either Guardian – Dependent or Guardian – Non-Dependent. The former category is for children who have a legal guardian and are also dependents of the Juvenile Court; the latter for children who have a legal guardian but are not dependents of the Juvenile Court.
  • Placements of children reported on the non-foster care placement table are coded as Non-Foster Care (Non-FC).
  • For all other non-missing values, those with an open placement episode, but no open out-of-home placement and no reliable data regarding why, are coded as Other.

There are four versions of the Placement Type variable:
  1. First Placement Type is placement type on the first day of a placement episode,
  2. Placement Type is placement type on the selected date,
  3. Last Placement Type is determined on the last day of a placement episode, and
  4. Predominant Placement Type is the placement type that comprises at least 50% of a placement episode.
For some reports, more than one of these versions may be available.

NOTE: As of Quarter 2, 2017, the In Care/Point in Time report no longer includes the new placement types to reflect changes resulting from the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process.

For all reports, until technical issues regarding the reporting of Resource Family Home placements are resolved, placements in Resource Family Homes are reported as indicated above. These issues generally involve the incorrect classification of homes whose status has changed to Resource Family Home from another placement type.

Children for whom placement type is not coded are categorized as having a Missing placement type and excluded from the percent calculations.

When Placement Type is not selected as a report row or column, the default filter includes Missing values and all placements listed above.