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Methodology
Placement Days
To Report

Notes on Data Source

These reports compute the number of placements and the number of placement days in the 12-month period by type of placement. For those placements that extend into adjacent 12-month periods, only the placement days in the 12-month period are counted when calculating placement days. Adoptive placements are excluded since they are not funded with foster care funds. They usually receive Adoption Assistance Program support. Non-foster care placements are also excluded. When a non-adoptive placement and an adoptive placement overlap because the adoptive placement starts before the non-adoptive placement ends, the overlapping days in the non-adoptive placement are included in the placement days count on the assumption that foster care funds are utilized until the formal foster care placement is ended. Other overlapping placements are treated as follows: (1) placements that start and end within another placement are excluded and (2) placements that end after another placement is reported to have started are assumed to have ended on the date the subsequent placement started. The child’s Title IV-E status is determined based on the reported Aid Code in effect on either the last day of the placement or the last date of the 12-month period, whichever is earlier.

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

This measure may also be run with filters in place 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

Placement Type

IV-E Eligible

In Placement before Period Start

Payment Age Groups