The ‘Right for Kids Ranking’ is an annual look at how well each state performs at achieving the best results for kids who enter the foster care system.

Key points:

  • Policy may have a more significant impact on the overall performance of state child welfare systems than factors like wealth, geography, socioeconomic makeup, or population.
  • Performance is not about money—our analysis indicates that there is no statistical correlation between the amount of money spent on foster care and outcomes achieved for kids.
  • If the entire nation performed like the top 10 highest-performing states, there would be over 57,000 fewer victims of child maltreatment.
  • Children in the top 10 highest-performing states spend, on average, four fewer months in care as compared to the rest of the nation.