Washington Highlights

2018 Report by the Office of Family and Children's Ombuds

In addition to complaint investigations, OFCO monitors practices and procedures within the child welfare system and makes recommendations to better serve children and families. Systemic issues discussed in this report include: the ongoing use of hotels as emergency placements for children in state care and the need for a continuum of placement resources; foster care and involvement in the criminal justice system; meeting the educational needs of youth in out of home care; and enhancing parent-child and sibling visits.

Facts & Data

10,161 Children 0-17 in foster care
5% Youth who are not with a family (in group/institution)
22 Average length of stay for children in FC (months)
704 Number of children at risk for aging out
33% Youth with 1 placement
26% Youth with 2 placements
15% Youth with 3 placements
26% Youth with 4 or more placements




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