Young children, especially infants under one year old, enter foster care at disproportionately higher rates than any other age group. Additionally, they tend to have longer stays in foster care, however, will eventually achieve permanency through reunification, adoption, or guardianship, at higher rates than their older counterparts. Examining data, both quantitative and qualitative, is extremely important and helps to inform policy changes that can maximize supports to best serve young children involved with child welfare services.
The California Child Welfare Indicator’s Project
The CDSS partners with the California Child Welfare Indicator’s Project (CCWIP) to provide a comprehensive source of child welfare administrative data. CCWIP receives extracts from the statewide child welfare case management system and disseminates aggregate reports that are made publicly available. Data can be filtered through a variety of methods and subcategories to customize reports based on topics of interest.