Growth in the Adoption Population. Table 2. Baseline Model Parameters and Assumptions

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Table 2. Baseline Model Parameters and Assumptions

ParameterBaseline Model Assumptions
Number of new foster care spells per yearHeld constant at 1998 level.
Annual aging out rate.Calculated based on percent of children who were in adoption January 1, 1999 and would have aged out in the next 12 months. This rate is held constant at this level for future years.
Exit rates for children in care on January 1.Calculated based on percent of children in care on January 1, 1998 who exited to either adoption or to another destination during the next 12 months. This rate is held constant for future years.
First-year exit rates.Calculated based on the percentage of spells beginning during 1998 that exited to either adoption or another destination. This rate is held constant for future years.