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October 2012Vol. 13, No. 9New Child Welfare Outcomes Report

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released Child Welfare Outcomes 2007–2010: Report to Congress, the eleventh in a series of reports designed to inform Congress, the States, and the public about State performance on delivering child welfare services. The report provides information about State performance on seven national child welfare outcomes related to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children involved in the child welfare system.

Data come from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), and the report includes some data analyses across States.

Highlights of the recent report show:

  • In 2010, 754,000 children were confirmed to be victims of maltreatment. The national child victim rate continued its long-term downward trend, decreasing from 10.4 child victims per 1,000 children in fiscal year (FY) 2007 to 10.0 in FY 2010.
  • Nationally, there were approximately 415,000 children in foster care on the last day of FY 2010. Between FY 2002 and 2010, the number of children in care on the last day of the FY decreased by 22 percent.
  • Seventy-five percent of States showed improved performance between 2007 and 2010 in the percentage of children in foster care for 17 months or longer on the first day of the year who were adopted by the end of the year.

The full report, including State-by-State data tables, is available on the Children's Bureau website: