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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


Sept 30, 2014 Sept 30, 2015 Sept 30, 2016 Sept 30, 2017 Sept 30, 2018
Children in out-of-home care1 4,628 4,690 4,942 5,180 5,227
Children in care2 2,912 2,925 3,076 3,258 3,197
Non wards3 1,716 1,765 1,866 1,922 2,030
Foster Homes4 548 515 502 513 496
Foster homes with more than four foster children5 57 46 42 39 38
Children living in foster homes with more than four children 331 267 261 234 231

All Data is taken from Linkin.

  1. This includes the total number of all children in the care of the Ministry, including non-wards (children who are in care of extended family) and those children apprehended off-reserve whose case management has been transferred to a First Nation Child and Family Services Agency on reserve.
  2. This number includes wards and those children with apprehended status.
  3. This number includes children/youth who are placed by court order in the custody of a designated Person of Sufficient Interest caregiver.
  4. Foster Homes – include approved providers with Regular Foster Care, Therapeutic Foster Care or both.
  5. 'Children' refers to children in care.

Children in Care in Saskatchewan 2014-2018

Children in Care Provincewide 2014-2014

Children in Care in Saskatchewan 2014-2018
by Region

Children in Care by Region 2014-2018

* As of September 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.

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

September 2017 September 2018
# of Homes Total Children6  # of Homes Total Children
5 17 85
19 95
6 11
7 5
8 6
48 4
9 0
  39 234

*  As of September 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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