Juvenile Crime and the Foster Care System

Out-of-Home Placement History of Juvenile Offenders Sentenced as Adults explores the question, “How many juvenile offenders sentenced as adults had previous contact with the foster care system?”

This 2014 briefing memo, by the Research and Data Analysis Division of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services, examines the 10-year out-of-home placement histories of a sampling of Washington State juvenile offenders sentenced as adults from 2008 through 2012.

Key findings:

  • Overall, 16.5 percent of these youth experienced at least one out-of-home placement
  • White, non-Hispanic youth had the lowest rates of prior out-of-home placements
  • Younger offenders (ages 15 through 16) had higher rates of out-of-home placements