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Methodology
Siblings in Child Welfare Supervised Foster Care (Placed All or Some Together)
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Notes on Data Source

These reports provide point in time counts of sibling groups placed in Child Welfare supervised foster care. Users may select report data for children who are placed with either 'all' or 'all or some' of their siblings. Sibling groups are identified at the county level, not the state level. A sibling group size of ‘one’ is used to signify a single child with no known siblings in the supervising county. When children are not in an active out of home placement, the last known placement home is used to determine whether siblings were placed together.

Sibling groups are constructed from an unduplicated point in time count of all children who have an open placement episode in the CWS/CMS system (see the Point In Time methodology for additional details). A set of sibling identifier variables (derived from the CWS/CMS Client Relationship table) and placement address variables (derived from the facility address information from the Placement Home table) are used to locate all whole, half, and step-siblings, as well as maternal siblings.

Data tables are available by County, Ethnicity, Placement Type or Number of Siblings. In the Placement Type and Ethnicity reports, the first row reflects the total of all children in that placement or for that Ethnicity (including children with no siblings). The second row contains information on only those children who have one or more siblings in the foster care system. The remaining rows correspond to the number of children in the sibling group (again, ‘one’ means a single child with no other siblings in the system). The column labeled ‘Placement with All Siblings’ contains information for those sibling groups where all children have been placed together. The column labeled ‘Placements with All or Some Siblings’ contains information for those sibling groups where at least 2, and up to (and including) all siblings, were placed together. Please see the links below for additional coding details.

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

The Siblings reports are based on children ages 0-20, therefore they do not directly correspond to the Foster Care: Point In Time/In Care reports which are based on children ages 0-21. For one-to-one correspondence with the Point In Time reports users must restrict the Point In Time reports to the age subgroup 0-20 using the filters.


Placement Type

Ethnic Group