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Child Welfare Out-of-Home Placements: Interactive Dashboard

Provides filterable data on out-of-home placements in Allegheny County from 2010 through 2021. Updates occur annually.

Trends in Child Welfare Out-of-Home Placement

This report and related dashboard summarize child welfare placement dynamics in 2008-2017. Data describe children in placement, what types of placements were used, how long children stayed there, and where they went after placement.

Developing Predictive Risk Models to Support Child Maltreatment Hotline Screening Decisions

The Allegheny Family Screening Tool (AFST) is a predictive risk model designed to improve decision-making in Allegheny County’s child welfare system. The tool utilizes hundreds of data elements to predict […]

Survey Finds That Most Teens in Foster Care Are Able to Participate in Typical Youth Activities, with Some Challenges for Teens in Group Care

Teens in foster care sometimes face challenges when it comes to getting permission to do things like spending the night at a friend’s house, using the internet, or joining a […]

Collaboration Helps Hundreds of Allegheny County Students in Foster Care Remain in Their Home Schools

When a child is placed in a foster home, the resulting move can also mean living in a new school district. Research has shown that unplanned school changes can lead […]

Youth Who Ran Away from Allegheny County Child Welfare Placements

In Allegheny County in 2016, 73 children in child welfare out-of-home placements ran away. This represents three percent of all children and nine percent of children ages 12 through 18 […]

Youth Perspectives on Out-of-Home Placement

From 2012 through 2015, 1,255 youth ages 14 through 17 entered into out-of-home placements in Allegheny County. Out-of-home placement settings include foster care, group homes, residential facilities, living with a […]

Adoptions and Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights Cases

This data brief includes information on involuntary termination of parental rights cases and adoptions handled through CYF. TPR petitions and completed adoption data from January 2014 through December 2017 were […]

Understanding the Foster Parent Training Experience

Eleven Allegheny County foster care provider agencies formed a training cooperative in order to improve the number and quality of training opportunities for foster parents. After increasing the number and […]

Child Welfare Leadership Fellows: Using Data to Improve the Lives of Children and Families

Twenty-seven child welfare professionals participated in the first year of the Leadership Fellows program, learning how to use data to 1) identify issues that negatively impact children and families in […]

Families For Teens: Foster Care Recruitment and Support in Allegheny County

When removing a child from home is necessary, a stable foster home is the preferred placement option; unfortunately, adolescents and teenagers are much less likely to find such a home […]

The Impact of Child Welfare System Involvement on School Stability – An Evaluation of Pittsburgh Public School Students

Child welfare out-of-home placements are stressful events, compounded by the fact they may result in a youth changing schools. Research shows mid-year school changes to be disruptive both academically and […]

Allegheny County Child Welfare Home Removal Costs, 2012 Cohort

The cost of out-of-home placements vary greatly, depending upon length, type of placement and level of care required.  Type of placement was a significant factor in cost variation; group home […]

Permanency Roundtables: Challenging Barriers to Permanency for Children in Out-of-Home Care

Permanency Roundtables are an important component of Allegheny County’s strategy to improve permanency outcomes for children in child welfare out-of-home placements. Roundtables engage practitioners, caseworkers, providers and permanency experts in […]