Performance Improvement 2013-2014. What are Permanency Outcomes Among Children Who Have Been Reported for Maltreatment to the Child Welfare System?


This study summarized permanency outcomes for children at Wave 2 of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Wellbeing, a longitudinal study intended to answer a range of fundamental questions about the functioning, service needs, and service use of children who come in contact with the child welfare system.

Permanency-related outcomes are presented, broken down by child age, baseline setting, developmental needs, and risk factors associated with the family of origin. By eighteen months after the close of a Child Protective Services investigation, 22 percent of all children investigated had been placed out of home, 73 percent had one placement, 19 percent had two placements, and 9 percent had three or more placements. Of children placed out of home, 48 percent reached permanency. Of those children, 73 percent were reunified with parents, 21 percent were adopted, 4 percent had a legal guardian, and 2 percent were discharged to relatives. 

Report Title: NSCAW II Wave 2 REPORT: Child Permanency
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Mary Webb, 202-205-8628
Performer: RTI
Record ID: 10081 (August 27, 2013)

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