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Methodology
Siblings in Child Welfare Supervised Foster Care (Placed All or Some Together)
To Report

Notes on Source Data

IMPORTANT NOTE: On February 27, 2020, this public site was updated to improve navigation, highlight data visualizations, and offer many other new features. At the same time, to protect the privacy of individuals served by CDSS and comply with CDSS data de-identification guidelines, some previously available views of the data were removed. As a result, the following methodology may include references to features not currently available on the public site. An additional change: percentage calculations now include the category Missing, if present. Previously Missing was excluded from percentage calculations. This change supports adherence to data de-identification guidelines and allows users to identify trends in missing data. With the Q1 2020 extract, this change was implemented on the secure site.

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 In Care/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.

Data tables are stratified by county (rows). In single-time views of the data, the columns present five statistics: ‘Number of Instances’ is a count of all child/youth placements for children and youth who have siblings in foster care in the same county (i.e., count of all children/youth in sibling groups of 2 or more). Columns labeled ‘Placements with All Siblings’ and ‘Percent with All Siblings’ contain information for those groups in which all siblings were placed together. The columns labeled ‘Placements All or Some Siblings’ and ‘Percent All or Some Siblings’ contain information for those sibling groups where at least 2, and up to and including all siblings, were placed together. Multi time views of the data allow you to select one of these statistics and display values over time.

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.