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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 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:

  • Investing in services that:
    • keep children with family whenever possible;
    • ensure that extended family care providers receive the supports they need;
    • expand supports for children and youth in community-based care; and,
    • continue to build our foster care program.
  • Investing in prevention programs
  • Improving transitions for youth leaving care
  • Collaborating with Indigenous partners

Internet Statistics - 4th Quarter

  Mar 31/18 Mar 31/19 Mar 31/20 Mar 31/21 Mar 31/22
Children in care1 3,277 3,231 3,362 3,687 3,531
Non wards2 1,980 2,074 2,080 2,177 2,188
Foster Homes3 500 486 505 489 467
Foster homes with more than four foster children4 37 33 31 33 33
Children living in foster homes with more than four children 227 204 187 196 187

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 2018-2022

children in care graph showing provincial numbers

Children in Care in Saskatchewan 2018-2022
by Region

children in care graph showing regional numbers

* As of March 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.

*** From April 1, 2019, to November 30, 2020, FNA transfer cases were counted under 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
March 2021 March 2022
# of Homes Total Children5 # of Homes Total Children
5 15 75 16 80
6 8 48 13 78
7 8 56 3 21
8 1 8 1 8
9 1 9 0 0
  33 196 33 187

* As of March 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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