Tracking permanence includes tracking where young people end up when they leave residential care, and how much time they spend in temporary care and stability of reunification or alternate “permanent” placement. Rates of breakdown in permanent placements, adoptions, guardianships or family reunifications should be tracked as well.

Data Source

Timeframe for reporting

Examples from other jurisdictions


Within one year

Of all children reunified with their parents or caretakers at the time of discharge from foster care during the year, what percentage were reunified in less than 12 months from the time of entry into foster care? (U.S Department of Health and Human Services, 2014: See Measure 4.1)

Proportion of children reunified within 36 months of initial placement (Quebec, Trocmé et al., 2013: See Figure 10)