Children's Bureau: An Office of the Administration for Children and Families

Child Welfare Outcomes Report Data Homepage

Child Welfare Outcomes, an annual Report to Congress published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides information on state performance in seven categories of outcomes that are widely accepted performance objectives for child welfare practice. The Report also includes findings of analyses conducted on performance across states and over time. Users of this data site will be able to explore the outcomes, demographic, and context data contained in the Report and generate customized reports by state and year.


The percentage of all children who experienced a recurrence of maltreatment within a 12-month of the initial victimization decreased by 9.8% between 2017 and 2021


Children exiting foster care discharged to a permanent home in 2021


Decline in young children placed in group homes or institutions from 2017 to 2021

Percent of Exits from Care by Discharge Reason
Exits to Emancipation by Age of Entry into Care
Entries into Foster Care by Type
(M* represents Months to Re-Entry)
Percent of Children with 2 or Fewer Placement Settings by Time in Care
(M* represents Months)
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This site allows you to view data related to the Child Welfare Outcomes Report, including performance on outcome measures and relevant context data. Unsure of where to start? Click the “Search Data” button to search for your topic of interest.

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