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How long do children stay in foster care? What are their plans after foster care?

Child Welfare
Foster Care


Through the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, collects data from the States about children in foster care and children who are adopted from foster care.

For specific information, please refer to the most recent AFCARS Report #22.

Reports from previous years are available: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/research-data-technology/statistic....

In addition, the Children's Bureau research on child welfare issues includes a series of annual Child Welfare Outcomes Reports to Congress that include State-level data from the AFCARS reports.

Last Reviewed: August 3, 2016