Foster Care Statistics

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?

Sex

Age

Race

52% male
48% female

39% 5 years old or under
23% 6 to 10 years old
22% 11 to 15 years old
16% 16 to 20 years old

2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1% Asian
24% Black or African American
0% (525) Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
22% Hispanic (of any race)
42% White
3% Unknown/Unable to Determine
7% Two or more Races

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