Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
AFCARS data, U.S. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children, Youth and Families
(Based on data submitted by states as of June, 2011)
Children in foster care on September 30, 2010? 408,425
Children exiting foster care during FY 2010? 254,114 via:
Reunification with Parent(s) or Primary Caretaker(s) 51% 128,913
Living with Other Relative(s) 8% 20,423
Adoption 21% 52,340 ( roughly 2,500 fewer than in FY 2009)
Emancipation (Aged Out) 11% 27,854
Transfer to Another Agency 2% 5,114
Runaway (Lost track) 1% 1,504
Death of Child 0% 338
NOTE: Deaths are attributable to a variety of causes, including medical conditions, accidents, and homicide.
Children waiting to be adopted on September 30, 2010? 107,011
NOTES: Waiting children are identified as children who have a goal of adoption and/or whose parental rights have been terminated. Children 16 years old and older whose parents’ parental rights have been terminated and who have a goal of emancipation have been excluded from the estimate.
Fewer youth have been entering foster care the past few years. Youth aging out of care has been increasing. Adoptions have been fluctuating between 50,000-55,000 the past 5 years.
Data for FY 2011 will not be available until June 2012.