Performance Improvement 2009. With What Frequency Do Children In Contact With the Child Welfare System Qualify for Social Supplemental Security Income?


The child welfare system was reviewed. Children who have been placed in foster care have been found to be at a high risk of having a medical, social or behavioral disability. Researchers examined access to services for children in the child welfare system, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligibility among children living in out-of-home placements in the child welfare system, using data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Wellbeing.

The analysis confirmed that a large number of children living in foster care may be eligible for SSI. The rates of SSI eligibility vary depending on children’s age, race/ethnicity, gender and locality of placement.

Report Title: Estimates of Supplemental Security Income Eligibility for Children in Out-of-home Placements
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Lauren Supplee, 202-401-5434
PIC ID: 8882

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