US Department of Health and Human Services—Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS)

Key Findings:

  • On September 30, 2015, there were an estimated 427,910 children in foster care.
  • On September 30, 2015, more than a quarter (30 percent) were in relative homes, and nearly half (45 percent) were in nonrelative foster family homes.
  • On September 30, 2015, about half (55 percent) had a case goal of reunification with their parents or primary caretakers.
  • About half (51 percent) of the children who left foster care in FY 2015 were discharged to be reunited with their parents or primary caretakers.
  • Close to half of the children (45 percent) who left foster care in FY 2015 were in care for less than 1 year.

For further information:

https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/foster.pdf

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