Prevalence of children with disabilities in the child welfare system and out of home placement: An examination of administrative records

Elizabeth Lightfoot, Katharine Hill, Traci LaLiberte

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Abstract

This article explores the prevalence and characteristics of children with disabilities within the child welfare system using administrative data from the State of Minnesota. This study finds that more than a fifth (22%) of children with substantiated maltreatment are labeled in administrative records as having a disability, and more than one quarter of children (27.9%) over age five. The most common type of disability among children with substantiated maltreatment was emotional disturbance, while other common disabilities included intellectual and developmental disabilities and learning disabilities. Using logistic regression, this study finds that children with substantiated maltreatment with disabilities were about two times more likely to be in out of home placement than children with substantiated maltreatment without disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2069-2075
Number of pages7
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume33
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Child maltreatment
  • Child protection
  • Child welfare
  • Children with disabilities
  • Foster care
  • Out of home placement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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