12.2 Foster care numbers
Foster care is one type of out-of-home care provided for children who are unable to live with their families.
Foster care households are private households containing one or more foster carers:
- who have undergone the relevant screening/selection and approval process;
- who have received authorisation from the relevant department or agency to enable a child to be placed in their care;
- for whom reimbursement is available from the state or territory government for expenses incurred in caring for a child;
- who are part of an ongoing review process.
This indicator provides information on households that commenced or exited foster care during the year. It also provides the number of foster care households on an average day during the year.
Trend data: For all indicator displays, the yearly trend is limited to indicators with 3 or more years (including the current year) of comparable time series data. To see the trend click on “Yearly Trend” button on the display. Where 3 or more years of comparable data including the most recent year is not available, a “No time series data” message is shown on the display.
The bar graph shows the number of foster carer households commencing during the year, exiting during the year and on an average day during the year. Data can be selected from 2012–13 to 2020–21.
Indicator technical specifications
The information below provides technical specifications for the summary indicator data presented in the quick reference guide.
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All foster carer households that had received authorisation from the relevant department or agency to enable a child to be placed in their care are included. This includes households that have received provisional authorisation (which may be in order to facilitate a placement), whilst formal approval/registration is being finalised.