Looking for quick facts about the Washington state child welfare system? We’ve got you covered. Below is a list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive at Partners for Our Children. If you would like to see how these data fluctuate over time or how it compares in different areas of the state, simply click on the Data Portal link to further explore that particular data.

How many reports of child abuse or neglect are investigated by Children’s Administration (CA) every year?

Children’s Administration conducted an investigation and/or assessment for about 43,800 households in 2016. In this same year, nearly 6,060 children entered out-of-home care.

How many children in Washington are placed in out-of-home care?

On January 01, 2017, there were nearly 8,800 children in out-of-home care. This represents approximately 5.5 out of every 1,000 children in Washington state.

Where do children go when they are removed from their homes?

As of January, 2017, approximately 94% of children in out-of-home care were in a family setting: about 50% were living in foster homes, almost 44% were staying with relatives, and nearly 6% were in a non-family setting (e.g., a group home), which represent 5% fewer children in non-family settings than in 2000.

Typically how long do children stay in out-of-home care?

Children who entered out-of-home care in 2014 had a median length of stay between 15 and 18 months.

What are the outcomes for children placed in care?

Within three years of entering out-of-home care in 2013, 57% of children were reunified with parent(s), 16% were adopted, 5% were placed with a guardian, 3% became emancipated, and 16% remained in out-of-home care.

How many children under five are placed in out-of-home care?

In 2016, nearly 51% of all the children who entered out-of-home care were under five years of age.

To what extent are African Americans and Native Americans overrepresented in the system?