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Child Welfare

Placement in Out-of-Home Care Data

Legislatively Mandated per s. 39.523, Florida Statutes

Section 39.523, Florida Statutes

Chapter 2017-151, Laws of Florida, (House Bill 1121 passed during the 2017 Legislative Session) amended s. 39.523, Florida Statutes (F.S.) and established a new placement assessment process effective January 1, 2018, for all children in out of home care. The placement assessment process was intended to determine the level of care needed for each child and to match the child with the most appropriate placement. The major requirements outlined in s. 39.523, F.S., include:

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  1. A comprehensive placement assessment process to be completed, prior to a child’s placement in out-of-home care, to determine the level of care needed for the child and to match the child with the most appropriate placement.
  2. The completion of a multidisciplinary team staffing, with all available individuals currently involved with the child, (statutory language includes a list of possible individuals to be included) to determine the level of care needed for the child and to match the child with the most appropriate placement.
  3. Documentation of all placement assessments and placement decisions in Florida Safe Families Network (FSFN).
  4. A review of the child’s placement as often as necessary to ensure permanency and to address any special issues for the child.
  5. Providing the court documentation of the placement assessment at each judicial review.
  6. The collection and posting of specific data elements as outlined in s. 39.523, F.S., on the Department’s website on January and July 1st of every year.

Data Collection

Data requirements per s. 39.523 F.S. are listed below. This data will be updated at a minimum on January 1st and July 1st of each year.

Children in Out-of-Home Care by Placement Type

Number of children in out-of-home placements. This chart displays the count of children who are in approved relative, non-relative, group care, licensed foster homes, residential treatment and other (runaway status, placed in adoptive home awaiting an adoption finalization, receiving respite care, or are currently hospitalized). The Statewide data depicts children ages 0 to 17 as of the last day of the month documented.

Percent and Count of Foster Home Bed Capacity by License Type and CBC Lead Agency

Inventory of existing placements. These charts depict the foster home bed capacity trend and the bed capacity by highest level of licensure.

Note: In July 2019, the Department initiated Levels of Licensure as outlined in section 409.175(5)(a), Florida Statutes:

Due to the implementation of Levels of Licensure, this updated dashboard includes data from April 2019 to the present. View an archived version of the previous report of the counts and percentages of foster home types and bed capacity prior to the initiation of Levels of Licensure.

Additional Data Elements

In order to view a more comprehensive picture of statewide foster parent recruitment and retention the following data has been added:

Foster Home Status

The chart below displays the number of new and ended licensed foster homes. New licensed homes are depicted by green dots and the number of ended licenses are depicted by red dots. The second chart shows the statewide total of licensed foster homes for each month.

Group Care and Residential Treatment

The Children in Group Care and Residential Treatment Centers chart below provides the number of children in group homes and residential treatment centers by month. The percent includes the number of children in group homes or residential treatment centers divided by all children in out-of-home care per month.

Additional Data

For any questions please contact Vanessa Snoddy, Office of Child Welfare, at 850-717-4769 or