The Current State of Foster Care
Information from https://www.fosterclub.com
The latest statistics from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2014.
- 415,129 children were in foster care on September 30th, 2014, a 4% increase from 2012
- 264,746 children entered care – that translates to a child entering care every two minutes in the United States
- 238,230 children existed foster care
- 107,918 children waiting to be adopted on September 30th, 2014
- 60,898 children waiting to be adopted whose parental rights (for all living parents) were terminated
- 50,644 children adopted with public child welfare agency involvement
Who are the 415,129 foster children?
39% 5 years old or under
2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
Where are foster children living?
- 4% Pre-Adoptive Home
- 29% Foster Family Home (Relative)
- 46% Foster Family Home (Non-Relative)
- 6% Group Home
- 8% Institution
- 1% Supervised Independent Living
- 1% Runaway
- 5% Trail Home Visit
Why did the 238,230 children leave care in 2014?
- 51% Reunification with Parent(s) or Primary Caretaker(s)
- 7% Living with other Relative(s)
- 21% Adoption
- 9% Emancipation
- 9% Guardianship
- 2% Transfer to Another Agency
- 0% (1,138) Runaway
- 0% (326) Death
Child Welfare Statistics
The Child Welfare League of America has created the National Data Analysis System (NDAS), which is the most comprehensive collection of child welfare data available. The data contained in the NDAS illustrate the wide variation in the states’ collection of information regarding child welfare issues. More helpful statistics are located at theChild Welfare Information Gateway