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Reunify with Parent or Caretaker within 1 Year Summary and Detail

Background of the Reports

These two reports identify the children who did and those who did not meet the national standard for the length of time to reunification with their parents or caretakers. The federal definition of this indicator is: Of all children who were reunified with their parents or caretakers at the time of discharge from foster care, what percentage was reunified in less than 12 months from the time of the latest removal from home? The national standard is 76.2%.

Purpose of the Reports

OCFS is, through its PIP (Program Improvement Plan), identifying policy, programmatic and practice steps to be taken to improve this rate. These reports are intended to help identify potential systemic factors contributing to what is a success for some children and what may be barriers for others. Key pieces of information from CCRS are presented. Further details of foster care outcomes are available in CCRS and/or the local case records.

Report Description

The Reunify with Parent or Caretaker within 1 Year rate is derived from New York's AFCARS submissions. The following definition is used by the Children's Bureau for length of time to reunification with parents: The universe (or base population) is a count of unique (distinct) children who left foster care during a federal fiscal year because they were reunified with their parents. The numerator for this population is a unique count of children whose reunification occurred within one year of removal. Success is considered any rate above the National Standard of 76.2%.

For More Information

From any District, you may drill to a Detail report, which will list each of the District's children included in the universe, information about that child and how that child contributed to the district's rate. If the District is no longer responsible for the child, the values for office, unit and worker will be empty.