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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 - 1st Quarter

June 30/16 June 30/17 June 30/18 June 30/19 June 30/20
Children in care1 3,056 3,220 3,279 3,233 3,503
Non wards2 1,805 1,911 2,008 2,070 2,119
Foster Homes3 500 505 488 500 493
Foster homes with more than four foster children4 40 43 38 29 30
Children living in foster homes with more than four children 242 264 231 187 178

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 approved providers with Regular Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care or both.
  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 June 30 of each year.

** As of April 1, 2018, the Lloydminster and North Battleford offices were moved from the North Service Area

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

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 2019 June 2020
# of Homes Total Children6 # of Homes Total Children
5 8 40 17 85
6 8 48 3 18
7 7 49 6 42
8 4 32 3 24
9 2 18 1 9
  29 187 30 178

* As of June 30th of each year – using foster homes and counting placement types of Regular and Therapeutic Foster Care.
6 Children refers to children in care.

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