Admissions. 2004 saw the largest number of admissions to People Places’ therapeutic foster care and adoption programs in more than two decades. A total of 63 children were admitted last year - double the number from just two years prior. Accelerated and emergency admissions played a part. Accelerated admissions were those where extended pre-placement was not possible due to Court removals or disruptions in other foster care settings. Emergency admissions were responses to children’s urgent and unexpected placement needs. The remainder of children placed in 2004 entered through our “regular” admissions route following a more extensive period of assessment and matching. These youth tended to be those stepping down into therapeutic foster care from residential settings. The chart shows the breakdown for 2004 of these various types of admissions.
Replacements. Despite the increasing numbers of accelerated and emergency admissions and a larger total census, total replacements - in which a child was moved from one home to another - actually declined in 2004.The numbers include “good” replacements in which a child moved from a foster home to an adoptive home.
Permanence. Excluding children admitted on an emergency basis, who tended to remain for only a short period, 73% of children discharged from People Places in 2004 achieved their permanency goals.