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Kentucky Foster Care Census The status of safety and well-being among Kentucky’s Children in Out of Home care The Census Initiated Summer 2002 100% of over 6,000 children seen and met in their homes Proactive Child Centered

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kentucky foster care census

Kentucky Foster Care Census

The status of safety and well-being among

Kentucky’s Children

in Out of Home care

the census
The Census
  • Initiated Summer 2002
  • 100% of over 6,000 children seen and met in their homes
  • Proactive
  • Child Centered
kentucky s oohc system 6 200 children any day committed to state custody
Kentucky’s OOHC System~6,200 children any dayCommitted to State Custody



State Homes

Private Homes

census of all children in
Census of All Children in:
  • State Approved and Operated Foster Homes
  • Private Child Care
    • Residential settings
    • Emergency shelters and hospitals
    • Private foster homes
  • Placed with relatives
essentials of child wellbeing
Essentials of Child Wellbeing
  • Cabinet attention and advocacy
  • Supported foster parents
  • Nurturing Family Contacts
  • A voice in decisions
  • Services to support needs
  • Attention to Health & Needs
  • Competence and Mastery
  • Child Census Form
    • Indicators of Child Wellbeing
    • Completed by Agency Staff
    • And Foster Adoptive Parents
  • Adult Care Provider Needs Assessment
    • Interview worksheet for Census takers and Adult Care providers in each setting


Child Census Form

Census TakerInformation

Adults in Childs Life

Research Faculty

Adult Needs Assessment

Census Takers

Data Collection

census designed by
Census Designed by:
  • Foster adoptive parents
  • Agency and Residential staff
  • State Regional staff
  • University Training Consortium
  • Students
  • Cabinet Staff
  • University Faculty
  • EKU Training Resource Center
  • Nine Research Review Boards
  • Statewide effort: student census-takers enrolled in special classes
  • Data collectors -
    • sensitive to the needs of people and children in care
    • external to the Cabinet
  • Form a statewide research/learning paradigm
  • Cabinet and 8 public universities
  • University Training Consortium
profiles in permanency implications for concurrent planning

Profiles in Permanency: Implications for Concurrent Planning

Ruth A. Huebner, PhD

Viola Miller, EdD

Bonnie Hommrich, MSW

parent perception of child strengths by goal

Special physical or athletic abilities (57%)

Focused interests or hobbies (54%)

Return to Parent

Takes charge of their own life (65%)

Optimistic (59%)

Easy going (58%)

Consistent family involvement (64%)

Good problem solving (59%)

Parent perception of child strengths by goal
services adequate to meet needs
Services Adequate to Meet Needs
  • Foster Parents of Children with Goals of Adoption are significantly more likely to say that services are poor and less likely to say that services are consistent.
service array and foster parent needs by goal

Independent Living Programs

After School Programs

Activities to be involved with peers


Support Network

Classes for birth children in the family

Communication with other foster parents

Service Array and Foster Parent Needs by Goal

Structural Models

AGE at




Number of


Speed of




Voice in


placement and stability
Placement and Stability
  • There are few differences in months in care by goal for young children, but not for older children.
  • 12-18 Y/O children in Private foster homes with a goal of adoption have been in care on average for nearly 5 years
  • 6-11 year olds in DCBS homes have been in their current home for shorter times.
  • Children in PCC foster home with goal of adoption have been in home least time
children with goal of adoption
Children with Goal of Adoption
  • Have higher rates of special needs especially in the private foster homes
  • Are more likely to function below age level is some or all skills
  • Are more likely to be perceived as having strengths in skills and competencies rather than personality traits
  • Have foster parents who want more services for the child
needs of foster parents
Needs of Foster Parents
  • Foster parents of children with Return to Parent goals want more support for themselves and their own birth parents.
  • Foster parents of children with goals of adoption want more services for the foster child
foster parent skills for concurrent planning

Foster Parent Skills for Concurrent Planning

Foster Parents have the same rating of their comfort, skills, and importance of visits to biological parents regardless of the goal

structural factors
Structural Factors
  • Child characteristics and experiences in the system, especially age at placement and time in care constitute a fundamental vulnerability or protective factor.
  • Agencies practices such as moving children and allowing children a voice in their care are associated with different levels of resilience and permanency planning.
  • Foster parents have the basic skills to support children in visits to biological parents, but need support through the process
  • Foster parents of children with a return to parent goal need much more support for themselves and their family - losing children is hard on the family
children in private foster homes
Children in Private Foster Homes
  • Have more special needs
  • Have been in care longer
  • Have experienced less stability in care
  • Function at a lower level
  • Need more supports
  • Are older
  • This profile suggests that these children will be more difficult to find permanent adoptive homes
to achieve cfsr standards
To achieve CFSR standards
  • Compare the actual rates of adoption in PCC and DCBS. Are these equal?
  • Are we changing goal to adoption with little hope for adoption?
  • Raises the question of why children in care for longer periods have such higher rates of special need
  • Concurrent planning and supports to foster parents will be different across time and setting
national teleconference

National Teleconference

Foster Kids Count:

Nurturing Well-Being for Youth in Out-of-Home Care

November 18, 2003