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Rates of the Six National Indicators (CFSR)

Background of the Reports

This report lists all six of the national data indicators in one composite report. These data are part of the state Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) data profile.

Purpose of the Reports

OCFS is, through its PIP (Program Improvement Plan), identifying policy, programmatic and practice steps to be taken to improve each of the rates. This report is intended to help identify potential systemic factors contributing to failure in providing safety and permanency to children in care. Key pieces of information are presented. Details of the CPS reports are available in CONNECTIONS and/or the local case records. Details of foster care outcomes are available in CCRS and/or the local case records.

Safety Indicators

The recurrence of maltreatment data rate is derived from our NCANDS submission. The following definition is used by the Children's Bureau for recurrence. The universe (or base population) is a count of unique (distinct) children with a substantiated allegation in an indicated report that was reported in the first six months of the year. From that population a child is counted as an instance of 'recurrence' if the child has another substantiated allegation in an indicated report and the date of the second oral report is within 2 to 183 days of the oral report of the first report. Success is considered any rate below the National Standard of 6.1%.

The incidence of child abuse and/or neglect in foster care rate is derived from our NCANDS submission. The following definition is used by the Children's Bureau for incidence of child abuse and/or neglect in foster care. The universe (or base population) is a count of unique (distinct) children in foster care from January to September taken from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) FFY 2000 submission. The numerator for this population is a unique count of children with substantiated allegations in an indicated report for the year 2000 with an intake start date between January and September whose perpetrator was a foster parent or residential facility staff. Success is considered any rate below the National Standard of 0.57%.

Permanency Indicators

The Reunify with Parent or Caretaker within 1 Year rate is derived from our AFCARS submission. 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%.

The Discharge to Adoption within 2 Years of Removal rate is derived from our AFCARS submission. The following definition is used by the Children's Bureau for length of time to adoption: The universe (or base population) is a count of unique (distinct) children who were adopted during a federal fiscal year. The numerator for this population is a unique count of children whose adoption occurred within two years of removal. Success is considered any rate above the National Standard of 32%.

The Two or Fewer Placement Settings and In Care Less Than 1 Year rate is derived from our AFCARS submission. The following definition is used by the Children's Bureau for stability of placement: The universe (or base population) is a count of unique (distinct) children who on the last day of a federal fiscal year had been in care less than one year. The numerator for this population is a unique count of children who had two or fewer placements during that period. Success is considered any rate above the National Standard of 86.7%.

The Re-entry to Foster Care Within 1 Year of a Previous Discharge rate is derived from our AFCARS submission. The following definition is used by the Children's Bureau for re-entry to foster care: The universe (or base population) is a count of unique (distinct) children admitted during a federal fiscal year. The numerator for this population is a unique count of children who at the time of admission were within one year of discharge from a preceding placement. Success is considered any rate below the National Standard of 8.6%.

For More Information

From any rate, you may drill to a Summary report for that indicator. The Summary report will list, for each district, the numerator, denominator and rate for that indicator. From these summary reports, you may then drill to a Detail report listing each child included in the universe, information about that child and how that child contributed to the district's rate.