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14.4 Compare Victims Removed from Their Home with Foster Care Entrants
The following chart has been created from data in the annual Oregon Child Welfare Data Books for the years 2009 through 2019.
Two important metrics included in the annual Child Welfare Data Books from 2009 through 2019 were compared, expecting a close correlation between the two numbers.
Victims Removed From Their Homes
The gray bars represent the metric “Victims removed from their homes” as one of the three outcomes from a “founded” report of child abuse assessed by a CPS Caseworker.
Total Foster Care Entrants
The green bars represent the metric “Total Foster Care Entrants” from the Foster Care section of the Data Books.
The expectation was that there would be a close correlation between the two metrics which were from different portions of the Oregon Child Welfare System. Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a correlation between the two metrics.
The data from 2014 most closely resembled the expected outcome for all years. In 2015, there were more victims removed from their homes than entered foster care; where did the 816 victims removed from their homes go if they didn’t enter foster care? In all other years, there were more entrants into foster care than victims removed from their homes; where did the additional foster care entrants come from?
Data, when properly collected, can identify trends, determine what programs and services work and what ones do not, and project where additional resources are needed. However, conflicting data questions the integrity of the data in the OR-Kids database.
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