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How many children are in foster care in the United States? In my State?

Office:
CB
Categories:
Child Welfare
Topics:
Foster Care

Answer

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 who enter and exit foster care and children who are adopted from foster care. The full report is available online.

The most recent AFCARS reports and State-by-State foster care and adoption statistics are made available on the Children's Bureau website.

Last Reviewed: August 3, 2016