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Reentry Following Reunification (Exit Cohort)
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Notes on Data Source

This measure computes the percentage of children reentering foster care within 12 months of a reunification discharge. The denominator is the total number of children who exited foster care to reunification in a 12 month period; the numerator is the count of these reunified children who then reentered care within 365 days of the reunification discharge date. This measure was formerly CFSR2 C1.4 Reentry following reunification (exit cohort).

Users may also view reentries to foster care within 24 months of the reunification discharge date for those time periods where the data exist (24 full months beyond the 12 month time period shown).

Discharge to reunification is defined as a discharge to parents or primary caretaker(s) and includes the following CWS/CMS subcategories [CWS/CMS codes in square parentheses]:

  • Reunified with Parent/Guardian (Court) [5439]
  • Reunified with Parent/Guardian (Non-Court) [5440]
  • Child Released Home [5513]

If a child is discharged to reunification more than once during the specified year, the first discharge to reunification is considered.

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

When Agency Type is subselected for this measure, it pertains to the Agency Type at reunification (reentry can be to any agency). 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 old subgroup of the Age variable, etc.). Please see the links below for details:

Agency Type

Days in Care

Episode Count

Age Group

Ethnic Group


Placement Type

Caregiver Relationship