Understanding Foster Parenting: Using Administrative Data to Explore Retention. Active and Inactive Homes


New Mexico had a substantial number of inactive homes, which had no placements during their entire period of licensure. Among 866 homes with license dates in 1998 or later, 24 percent had no placements. Homes that were licensed for foster care only, had older foster parents, or were located in rural areas were most likely to be inactive. Oklahoma had very few inactive homes (4 percent). The structure of Oregon data files did not allow examination of inactive homes.

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