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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.

Despite Saskatchewan's child welfare system facing numerous challenges, the number of children coming into care was decreasing; however, the past three months have seen an increase in children entering care, consistent with seasonal increases seen at the end of 2014. It is important to note that within these numbers are children who are increasingly being placed in the custody of extended family, promoting family, culture and community.

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 - 3rd Quarter

Dec 31/16 Dec 31/17 Dec 31/18 Dec 31/19 Dec 31/20
Children in care1 3,072 3,268 3,199 3,412 3,692
Non wards2 1,874 1,980 2,038 2,077 2,133
Foster Homes3 490 504 498 495 478
Foster homes with more than
four foster children4
35 33 37 31 30
Children living in foster homes
with more than four children
220 207 226 197 181

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 2016-2020

Children in Care Provincewide 2014-2018

Children in Care in Saskatchewan 2016-2020
by Region

Children in Care by Region 2014-2018

* As of December 31 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
December 2019 December 2020
# of Homes Total Children5 # of Homes Total Children
5 12 60 12 60
6 7 42 8 48
7 5 35 8 56
8 4 32 1 8
9 2 18 1 9
10 1 10 0 0
  31 197 30 181

* As of December 31st 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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