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Child Welfare Outcomes 2002-2005: Report to Congress

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2008. The annual Child Welfare Outcomes Reports are developed in accordance with section 479A of the Social Security Act (as amended by the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997) and provide information pertaining to State performance on the following national child welfare outcomes:

Outcome 1—Reduce recurrence of child abuse and/or neglect
Outcome 2—Reduce the incidence of child abuse and/or neglect in foster care
Outcome 3—Increase permanency for children in foster care
Outcome 4—Reduce time in foster care to reunification without increasing re-entry
Outcome 5—Reduce time in foster care to adoption
Outcome 6—Increase placement stability
Outcome 7—Reduce placements of young children in group homes or institutions


The Child Welfare Outcomes Reports are designed to inform Congress, the States, and the public about State performance on key child welfare outcomes and changes in performance over time. The underlying goal is to promote continuous improvement in the outcomes experienced by children served by child welfare systems.



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