Failure to Achieve Permanency
Definition: Percentage of children who do not achieve permanency
in the foster care system. In other words, cases in which court
jurisdiction ends because the child reaches the age of majority.
Purpose: Child Permanency. This measure is examines how often
children fail to achieve permanency. The courts share responsibility
for permanency because they decide when children will be permanently
placed and oversee the case planning and progress during the
life of the case.
this measure first requires selecting cases whose reason
for closure was “age out” or other
non-permanent equivalent. Compute the percentage of case closures
that did not result in permanent placement. Both the raw numbers
and percentages should be reported.
Analysis and Interpretation:
Required Data Elements: Case number or child identifier,
Date of case closure
Reason for case closure—“age out” or other
non-permanent placement. .
Percent of children exiting foster care because they
have reached the age of majority.