Effective Friday, September 17, a province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces. 

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Putting Children First

The Government of Saskatchewan is committed to putting children and youth first, and to ensuring a better life for these vulnerable members of society.

While the number of children entering care has remained at or below average levels since December 2019, the number of children in care has increased due to fewer children transitioning from the child welfare system than have entered. Changes to child welfare practices in response to public health guidelines coupled with the extension of benefits to youth who would otherwise have transitioned out of care, have contributed to the increase.

Our goal is continuous strengthening of the system and improved outcomes for children in care by addressing these critical areas:

  • Capacity
  • Foster Home Recruitment
  • Foster Home Retention
  • Leadership
  • Accountability
  • Legislative Review

Internet Statistics - 1st Quarter

June 30/17 June 30/18 June 30/19 June 30/20 June 30/21
Children in care1 3,220 3,279 3,233 3,503 3,718
Non wards2 1,911 2,008 2,070 2,119 2,187
Foster Homes3 505 488 500 493 490
Foster homes with more than
four foster children4
43 38 29 30 32
Children living in foster homes
with more than four children
264 231 187 178 192

All data is taken from Linkin and includes children in the care of the ministry and those children apprehended off-reserve whose case management has been transferred to a First Nation Child and Family Services Agency on reserve.

  1. This number includes wards and those children with apprehended status.
  2. This number includes children/youth who are placed by court order in the custody of a designated Person of Sufficient Interest caregiver.
  3. Foster Homes – include providers with Regular Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care and/or Ranch Ehrlo Treatment Foster Care.
  4. 'Children' refers to children in care.

Children in Care in Saskatchewan 2017-2021

Children in Care Province-wide 2017-2021

Children in Care in Saskatchewan 2017-2021
by Region

Children in Care by Region 2017-2021

* As of June 30 of each year.

** As of April 1, 2018, the Lloydminster and North Battleford offices were moved from the North Service Area to the Centre Service Area. As a result, the caseload counts will show an overall decrease in the North Service Area and an overall increase in the Centre Service Area.

*** As of April 1, 2019, FNA transfer cases have moved to First Nation and Métis Unit located in Centre.

**** FNA transfer and other ministry cases managed by First Nations Child and Family Services Agencies are now counted under Indigenous Services Provincial.

***** As a result of the above changes, the total caseload for Centre increased around April 2019 and decreased in December 2020.

All data is taken from monthly Linkin extract and includes active cases at month end.

Number of Foster Home Providers
over the Recommended Number of Four

# of Children
in the Home
June 2020 June 2021
# of Homes Total Children5 # of Homes Total Children
5 17 85 13 65
6 3 18 9 54
7 6 42 8 56
8 3 24 1 8
9 1 9 1 9
  30 178 32 192

* As of June 30 of each year – using foster homes and counting placement types of Regular, Therapeutic, and Ranch Ehrlo Treatment Foster Care (prior to December 2020, this category of foster care was included within Therapeutic Foster Care).
5 Children refers to children in care.

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