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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 was increasing up until June 2021 due to fewer children transitioning from care than had 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, had contributed to the increase. In recent months, the number of children transitioning out of ministry care has increased while the number entering care has decreased, resulting in an overall decrease in the number of children in care.
Our goal is continuous strengthening of the system and improved outcomes for children in care by addressing these critical areas:
|Dec 31/17||Dec 31/18||Dec 31/19||Dec 31/20||Dec 31/21|
|Children in care1||3,268||3,199||3,412||3,692||3,565|
|Foster homes with more than
four foster children4
|Children living in foster homes
with more than four children
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.
* 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.
# of Children
in the Home
|December 2020||December 2021|
|# of Homes||Total Children5||# of Homes||Total Children|
* As of December 31 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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