New Jersey's Child Welfare Outcomes Report.
New Jersey Department of Children and Families.
This report presents longitudinal quantitative data measuring outcomes of children served by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF), Division of Child Protection and Permanency (CP&P). It focuses on the safety of children in their own home, safety, siblings, and stability for children in out-of-home placement, timely permanency, and post-reunification and re-entry. Findings indicate: the percentage of children to experience a recurrence of maltreatment increased between 2011 and 2013, but has since stabilized; as of December 31, 2016, a substantial majority (86%) of children served by CP&P were served in their own homes; there was a significant decrease in CP&P’s out-of-home placement population from over 12,000 children in 2004 to 6,700 children in 2016; CP&P has maintained a steady performance in placing siblings together from 2007-2016; DCF has met the performance target for placement stability for the first time with 84% of children experiencing two or fewer placements within the first year of placement; children being placed in a kinship home upon entry into out-of-home has increased almost 30% from 2010 to 2016; from 2007 (9.1%) to 2016 (4.8%) New Jersey has reduced initial placements into a congregate care setting by almost 50%; the median length of stay for children served by CP&P in out-of-home placement was about 10 months in 2015; almost 40% of the children who entered out-of-home placement in 2012 were reunified with their parents within the first 12 months; CP&P met the performance target for post-reunification maltreatment; and re-entries into out-of-home placement remain a challenge. 28 figures, 6 tables, and 64 references.
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