Foster Care and Community Programs Outcomes
KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs (FCCP) staff focused on two outcomes for every youth being discharged from the program:
- Did the child move to permanence?
- Did the child leave our program to go to a less restrictive setting?
The outcomes of all youth who were in our program for at least 30 days and were then discharged during 2008 were tracked. There were 747 children discharged during this period.
A child was considered successfully discharged if he/she left to one of the following permanency options:
- Returned to family of origin
- Placed with a relative or guardian
- Independent Living
80% of children leaving our services went to a permanent, equal or less restrictive setting.
54% went to equal or less restrictive settings, while 26% were adopted.
10% were transferred to residential or group homes, and 6% were classified in the "other" category
In the more restrictive categories, 3% were transferred to psychiatric hospitals, and 1% were placed in detention.
KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs staff took a one-day count of the children in care at the end of the 2007/2008 school year to determine the following:
- How many children successfully completed the school year?
- How many children were promoted a grade level in the educational program?
98% of the 690 youth in school on the last day of the year successfully completed that year.
Of the 780 children who were tracked and were in school on the last day of the 2007–2008 school year, 98% completed the current school year. 87% completed the school year and were promoted to the next grade. These statistics indicate that the emphasis placed on continuing education by the FCCP and foster families was taken strongly to heart by the children and teens in our programs.