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Foster care

In 2016, about 13 in 1,000 children under age 6 statewide were in foster care, up from about 8 in 1,000 in 2013. Children in foster care often enter the system with existing vulnerabilities. Two-thirds of children placed in foster homes experience a placement change in the first two years, with nearly half of all children experiencing a placement change in the first 6 months. The instability that accompanies placement changes can exacerbate the already existing vulnerabilities, placing children at increased risk for inadequate medical care, and adverse psychosocial and neurobiological outcomes, including attachment disturbances and both internalizing and externalizing behaviors.


Foster care
Foster care, also called out-of-home care, is the placement of children away from their parents, due to concern that they are at risk of significant harm or in need of temporary care due to special needs of the child or parental unavailability or needs.