foster care children

Foster Care Children Statistics

Foster Care Children StatisticsData
Number of kids in foster care at any point in time400,540
Cost for one child to be in foster care for a year$23,500
Total annual federal and state cost of the foster care system$9,000,000,000
Median age of the children in foster care6.6 years old
Type of Foster Care LivingPercent of Kids
Nonrelative foster family homes47 %
Relative foster homes27 %
Institutions9 %
Group Homes6 %
Trial home visits (State supervision)5 %
Preadoptive homes4 %
Run away1 %
Supervised independent living1 %
Permanency GoalsPercent of Kids
Goal of the children living in foster care… 
Reunification with parents or principle caretaker52 %
Adoption25 %
Long-term foster care6 %
Emancipation5 %
Living with other relative3 %
Guardianship4 %
No plan established5 %
Foster Care OutcomesPercent of Kids
of the children who exit foster care… 
Reunited with parents or primary caretaker52 %
Adopted20 %
Emancipated11 %
Live with another relative8 %
Live with a guardian6 %
Other outcomes3 %
Average Legnth of Stay in Foster CarePercent of Kids
Less than 1 month12 %
1 to 11 months34 %
12 to 23 months25 %
24 to 35 months12 %
3 to 4 years9 %
5 or more years7 %
Race and Ethnicity of Foster ChildrenPercent of Kids
White41 %
Black27 %
Hispanic21 %
Multiracial10 %
Main Reasons Child Enters Foster Care 
Physical Abuse28 %
Sexual Abuse14 %
Abandonment13 %
Neglect8 %
Juvenile Offender8 %
Medical Neglect7 %
Runaway6 %
Death3 %
Other13 %
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: US Department of Health and Human Services
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: March 29, 2017

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Underage Smoking StatisticsData
Percent of smokers who began smoking before the age of 1880%
Percent of smokers who began smoking before the age of 2190%
Number of teens who begin smoking each day3,900
Number of teens who begin smoking each year600,000
Percent of high school students who reported smoking in the last month23%
Percent of middle school students who reported having smoked11%
1 out of 5 teenagers who smoke are smoking 13 to 15 cigarettes a day 
Packs of illegally purchased cigarettes for minors annually1.5 Million
Percent of highschool students who use smokeless tobacco products8%
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Statistic Sources & References
Sources: Monitoring the Future, CDC
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 6, 2016

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