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 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/abuse_neglect/nscaw/reports/est_suppl/est_suppl.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Lauren Supplee, 202-401-5434
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