About the data
Substitute care means the care of children who require placement away from their families or private guardians. Substitute care includes foster family care, care provided in a relative home placement, care provided in a group home, care provided in a maternity center or a child care, mental health or other institution, and care provided in an independent living arrangement.
Data in tables, maps, and charts for children in substitute care can be found on the University of Illinois Children and Family Research Center's Data Center website. For data prior to 2013, contact IECAM.