Costs For A Cohort

Thousands of Oregon children experience abuse and maltreatment every year. Effective help early in life would benefit them, their families, and their communities. It could also lead to significant cost savings, freeing millions of dollars for other state needs.

These graphs show sample costs associated with one group of 3,412 children entering foster care in a typical year.

Sample Child Welfare Costs Per Year Costs over eleven years after children first enter care

In 2000, 3,412 children entered foster care for the first time. If these same 3,412 children entered foster care in 2015 and experienced the same outcomes — months in care, episodes over 10 years, and adoptions — this would be the direct year-by-year costs to Oregon of the cohort. Note that costs persist long after first entry.

Source: ECONorthwest and Center for Evidence-based Policy analysis of Oregon Foster Care records; Oregon Department of Human Services cost estimates.

Note: Due to minor discrepancies in the source data, total costs across views may not exactly match. In addition, this view only shows costs in Year 2 and omits costs in Year 1.

These data show sample costs for one cohort of children. Most children who enter foster care are younger than 10. These younger children are more likely to stay longer, have more subsequent episodes, and be adopted when they leave foster care.

Total Spent: $132 million

  • Payments
  • Staff & Programs

Payments — Direct payments or subsidies that could be saved.

Staff and Programs — Human resources that can be reallocated to help other children.

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Sample Total Child Welfare Costs Costs by age at first entry

In 2000, 3,412 children entered foster care for the first time. If these same 3,412 children entered foster care in 2015 and experienced the same outcomes — months in care, episodes over 10 years, and adoptions — these would be their costs.

Source: ECONorthwest and Center for Evidence-based Policy analysis of Oregon Foster Care records; Oregon Department of Human Services cost estimates.

Note: due to minor discrepancies in the source data, total costs across views may not exactly match.

These data show total sample costs for one cohort of children. Most children who enter foster care are younger than 10. These younger children are more likely to stay longer, have more subsequent episodes, and be adopted when they leave foster care.

Total Children: 3,412

  1. Ages 0-4
  2. Ages 5-9
  3. Ages 10-14
  4. Ages 15-19
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Sample Total Child Welfare Costs By Region of Oregon

In 2000, 3,412 children entered foster care for the first time. If these same 3,412 children entered foster care in 2015 and experienced the same outcomes -- months in care, episodes over 10 years, and adoptions -- these would be the costs.

Source: ECONorthwest and Center for Evidence-based Policy analysis of Oregon Foster Care records; Oregon Department of Human Services cost estimates.

Note: due to minor discrepancies in the source data, total costs across views may not exactly match.

These data show sample costs for one cohort of children. This view shows total costs incurred by region in Oregon. Children enter foster care from all over the state. Across counties, there is variation in how long children stay in foster care, how often they experience an episode, and how old they are when they first enter foster care.

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