Children in Foster Care

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Human Services Agency

Fiscal Year 2017-18
Projection: 919 children

Fiscal Year 2016-17
Result: 878 children (average)

This measure represents the number of children up to 21 years old with an open case in the foster care system. The Human Services Agency (HSA) aims to help stabilize home situations and return children to their homes, and a smaller caseload is one indication of the effectiveness of the agency’s intervention strategies.


How the Human Services Agency is Performing

The number of children in foster care continues to decrease in FY 2017-18. Beginning in fiscal year FY 2014-15, the total number of children in the foster care system declined as a result of more targeted interventions for helping children remain safely in their homes with their parents. These intervention strategies include wraparound services, which provide intensive case management to in-care or at-risk families in an effort to stabilize the family in the community and divert children from entering the foster care system. Wraparound services also include “safety organized practice,” a set of strategies and tools to assist social workers with better engagement with families to obtain more robust information about the family, therefore allowing HSA to better meet the needs of the families it serves.

Note that the monthly numbers presented are point-in-time active caseload counts whereas the annual projection value represents the projected monthly average paid cases for FY 2015-16. These numbers are not directly comparable but do provide a monthly snapshot versus average monthly budgeted cases for the year.

How Performance is Measured

This measure provides a count of the number of children up to 21 years of age with an open case in the foster care system during each month that data is reported.

The number displayed on the scorecard page represents a fiscal year average of the values in the chart above.

Additional Information


Please visit DataSF for the scorecard data.