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Methodology
CFSR3: Permanency Performance Area 5
Placement Stability
To Report

Federal/CWS Outcomes Measure: Of all children who enter foster care in a 12-month period, what is the rate of placement moves per day of foster care?

Denominator: The denominator is, of children who enter foster care in a 12-month period, the total number of days these children were in foster care as of the end of the 12-month period. Children in care less that 8 days or who enter care at age 18 or more are excluded from the denominator. The days in care during the placement episodes are cumulative across episodes reported in the same year. Youth who turn 18 during the 12-month period do not have time in care beyond their 18th birthday counted.

Numerator: The numerator is the total number of moves from one placement to another placement during the 12-month period for all children in the denominator. The initial placement in foster care (removal from home) is not counted nor are exits that do not lead to a subsequent placement (e.g., returns home or trial home visits). If the child leaves a placement temporarily, e.g., on a trial home visit or as a runaway, and returns to the same placement that event is not counted as a placement move. If a child had more than one placement episode during the 12-month period, moves in all episodes are counted. Moves after a youth’s 18th birthday are not counted. If the child is placed in respite care and that care is reported as a placement, both the move into and the move out of respite care are counted as moves.

Performance: Performance for this measure is the numerator divided by the denominator, expressed as a rate per 1,000 days. The rate is multiplied by 1,000 to produce a whole number which is easier to interpret. A decrease in the rate per 1,000 days indicates an improvement in performance. The days in care and moves during the placement episodes are cumulative across episodes reported in the same year. Youth who turn 18 during the 12-month period do not have time in care beyond their 18th birthday or moves after their 18th birthday counted.

National Standard: Important Note: 10/17/2016 The Children's Bureau is revising the Child and Family Services Reviews, Round 3 (CFSR3) statewide data indicators, which will affect performance results for all states and the national standards. The Children's Bureau expects to complete this process by the end of 2016. The Children's Bureau then will use the statewide data indicators and national standards to provide context for the CFSR3 reviews. For details, please see CFSR Technical Bulletin 9.

Extension of Federal Measure: In the drill-down reports for this measure, days in care selections are available: in addition to the default of 'All', users may select children in care '8 days or more' or '7 days or less'.

Notes:
  • County is assigned in this analysis using the county specific code from the case assignment table (or, if this information is not available, using the county specific code from the referral table, or if this information is not available, using the government entity type from the state id table) active on the first placement episode start date during the time period.
  • Agency Type is assigned based on the responsible agency on the first placement episode start date during the time period.
  • Age is assigned based on how old a child is at the placement episode start date during the specified time period.

Note: Cells containing a period (".") represent a value of zero. In cells representing quotients, a period may also indicate the indeterminate form 0/0.

Stratification and Filters: This measure may be run with filters to restrict the data to various subgroups of other variables (e.g., Black subgroup of the Ethnicity variable, <1 year old subgroup of the Age variable, etc.). Please see the links below for details:


Agency Type

Age Group

Ethnic Group

Gender