Allegheny County Child Welfare Home Removal Costs, 2012 Cohort

The cost of out-of-home placements vary greatly, depending upon length, type of placement and level of care required.  Type of placement was a significant factor in cost variation; group home placements, at approximately four times the cost of kinship care, were the most expensive.  Cost increased with the child’s age at entry, although this may be attributed, in part, to the fact that older children were more likely to be placed in more expensive placement types. Placement in more expensive group settings may also be the reason why subsequent home removals were more costly than initial placements.

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Analysis and content: Kyle Jennison and Sarah Thurston