Foster Care Children Statistics

Foster Care Children Statistics Data
Number of kids in foster care at any point in time 400,540
Cost for one child to be in foster care for a year $22,500
Total annual federal and state cost of the foster care system $9 billion
Median age of the children in foster care 6.6 years old
Type of Foster Care Living Percent of Kids
Nonrelative foster family homes 47 %
Relative foster homes 27 %
Institutions 9 %
Group Homes 6 %
Trial home visits (State supervision) 5 %
Preadoptive homes 4 %
Run away 1 %
Supervised independent living 1 %
Permanency Goals Percent of Kids
Goal of the children living in foster care…  
Reunification with parents or principle caretaker 52 %
Adoption 25 %
Long-term foster care 6 %
Emancipation 5 %
Living with other relative 3 %
Guardianship 4 %
No plan established 5 %
Foster Care Outcomes Percent of Kids
of the children who exit foster care…  
Reunited with parents or primary caretaker 52 %
Adopted 20 %
Emancipated 11 %
Live with another relative 8 %
Live with a guardian 6 %
Other outcomes 3 %
Average Legnth of Stay in Foster Care Percent of Kids
Less than 1 month 12 %
1 to 11 months 34 %
12 to 23 months 25 %
24 to 35 months 12 %
3 to 4 years 9 %
5 or more years 7 %
Race and Ethnicity of Foster Children Percent of Kids
White 41 %
Black 27 %
Hispanic 21 %
Multiracial 10 %
Main Reasons Child Enters Foster Care  
Physical Abuse 28 %
Sexual Abuse 14 %
Abandonment 13 %
Neglect 8 %
Juvenile Offender 8 %
Medical Neglect 7 %
Runaway 6 %
Death 3 %
Other 13 %
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: US Department of Health and Human Services
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 6, 2016

Foster Care Children Statistics

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