Out-of-Home Care

Resources and information about out-of-home care (also called foster care), including family foster care, kinship care, treatment foster care, and residential and group care. Includes information on working with children and youth in out-of-home care; working with birth families; recruiting, preparing, and supporting resource families (i.e., foster, adoptive, and kinship families); independent living services; placement decisions and stability; and systemwide issues.

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

Available at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/outofhome/

Residents, agencies attack minority child-welfare problem


On Aug. 12, 224 Linn County children and youth were in foster homes after being removed from their own parents’ custody. Of that number, 79 – more than 35 percent – were African American, in a county where about 4 percent of the population is African American.

That disparity – on Aug. 12, African American children were four times as likely to be placed in foster homes, and four times as likely to remain there longer than children of other races – is being attacked by the Department of Human Services, agencies that work with DHS, and local African American volunteers.

“What this suggests to us is, we need very seriously to improve,” said Marc Baty, DHS service manager for the 14-county Cedar Rapids area.

Source: Eastern Iowa Government

Available at: http://easterniowagovernment.com/2011/08/31/aafprc-draft/

Who Are the Infants in Out-of-Home Care? An Epidemiological and Developmental Snapshot


One of the many challenges of studying the population of children in out-of-home care is the fact that they are not a single, homogenous group of children. Rather,each child enters out-of-home care with a unique set of vulnerabilities and strengths. Perhaps no subset of the out-of-home care population is as distinct as the infant population. In this brief, we argue that from a policy perspective, infants represent a distinctive subset of the foster care population with service needs and developmental vulnerabilities and strengths that distinguish them from other children in out-of- home care.

Source: Chapin Hall Issue Brief

Available at: http://www.chapinhall.org/sites/default/files/publications/06_08_11_Issue%20Brief_F_1.pdf

Who Are the Infants in Out-of-Home Care? | Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Studying children in out-of-home care is laden with challenges. One of these challenges lies in the fact that there is considerable diversity in this population of children.

In this brief, we argue that infants represent a distinctive subset of the out-of-home care population with unique needs and strengths. Using data from the Multistate Foster Care Data Archive and data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), we distinguish the infant population in out-of-home care from older children in terms of their incidence and duration of time spent in care, their experiences in care, and characteristics of the infants themselves and their birth families. We also discuss the developmental distinctiveness of infancy and the particular vulnerabilities infants in care face in terms of delays in cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Source: Chapin Hall

Available at: http://chapinhall.org/sites/default/files/publications/06_08_11_Issue%20Brief_F_1.pdf