Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana

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At any one time in 2010, the number of Children in Need of Services (CHINS) averaged 2,137 45.2% of CHINS receive in home or relative care 64.1% of sibling cases are placed together (3.04 children average per case) Lake County, while it has 7.7% of Indiana’s total population, has 14.7% of its total number of CHINS The average number of placements per child before resolution is 2.8 The average time spent in foster care by a Lake County child is 867 days (2.4 years) which is much higher than the state average of 625 days (1.7 years). 26% spent 3 years or more in foster care 80% of closed cases in Lake County resulted in reunification of the child with their family in 2010 9% of Lake County’s closed cases result in adoption (81 adoptions in 2010)

[Indiana Department of Child Services, Practice Indicator Reports for December 2010, Monthly Practice Indicators Region 1 (2010).]

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