The rate of new placements measures new admissions into a category of out-of-home placement per 1,000 children (aged 0 to 18) within a given geographic population. For jurisdictions in which few children are placed each year, the difference of one or two children being placed can exaggerate changes in the trend. The rate of new placement settings counts placements and not children.
FY2017 saw a slight increase in new out-of-home placements, with 6.7 per 1,000 of Maryland children. New out-of-home placements indicate children initially placed or moved from one placement to another. Placement moves may occur when a child is in need of more intensive services or when a child has met placement goals and enters a less restrictive setting.