Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors by County

When a child who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Federal law requires that ORR feed, shelter, and provide medical care for unaccompanied children until it is able to release them to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members), while they await immigration proceedings. These sponsors live in many states.

Sponsors are adults who are suitable to provide for the child’s physical and mental well-being and have not engaged in any activity that would indicate a potential risk to the child. All sponsors must pass a background check. The sponsor must agree to ensure the child’s presence at all future immigration proceedings. They also must agree to ensure the minor reports to ICE for removal from the United States if an immigration judge issues a removal order or voluntary departure order.

HHS is engaging with state officials to address concerns they may have about the care or impact of unaccompanied children in their states, while making sure the children are treated humanely and consistent with the law as they go through immigration court proceedings that will determine whether they will be removed and repatriated, or qualify for some form of relief.

HHS has strong policies in place to ensure the privacy and safety of unaccompanied children by maintaining the confidentiality of their personal information. These children may have histories of abuse or may be seeking safety from threats of violence. They may have been trafficked or smuggled. HHS cannot release information about individual children that could compromise the child’s location or identity.

The following table shows county-level data for unaccompanied children released to sponsors by the counties/county equivalents where the sponsors live, where 50 or more children have been released for FY 2016 (since October 1, 2015) as of August 31, 2016. This data covers 144 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 37,820 of the 46,944 total children released to sponsors in this period. ACF will update this data each month. See the state-by-state data.

State County

Total Number of UC Released  to Sponsors in FY16 YTD
(OCTOBER 2015 -AUGUST 2016)

AL Jefferson County 76
AL Marshall County 119
AL Morgan County 68
AL Tuscaloosa County 61
AZ Maricopa County 279
AR Benton County 51
AR Pulaski County 67
CA Alameda County 511
CA Contra Costa County 233
CA Fresno County 145
CA Kern County 83
CA Los Angeles County 3217
CA Marin County 154
CA Monterey County 123
CA Orange County 315
CA Riverside County 280
CA Sacramento County 63
CA San Bernardino County 155
CA San Diego County 212
CA San Francisco County 227
CA San Joaquin County 67
CA San Mateo County 227
CA Santa Barbara County 98
CA Santa Clara County 210
CA Solano County 54
CA Ventura County 73
CO Arapahoe County 91
CO Denver County 60
CT Fairfield County 271
CT New Haven County 66
DE Sussex County 209
FL Broward County 391
FL Collier County 300
FL Duval County 127
FL Hillsborough County 185
FL Lee County 354
FL Manatee County 100
FL Martin County 116
FL Miami-Dade County 1203
FL Orange County 231
FL Palm Beach County 1148
FL Seminole County 55
GA Cherokee County 71
GA Cobb County 162
GA DeKalb County 342
GA Fulton County 82
GA Gwinnett County 276
GA Hall County 87
IL Cook County 225
IL DuPage County 73
IN Marion County 155
IA Polk County 61
IA Woodbury County 67
KS Ford County 61
KS Wyandotte County 61
KY Fayette County 65
KY Jefferson County 116
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 163
LA Jefferson Parish 298
LA Orleans Parish 153
MD Anne Arundel County 152
MD Baltimore County 310
MD Frederick County 144
MD Howard County 93
MD Montgomery County 973
MD Prince George's County 1281
MD Baltimore city 293
MA Bristol County 138
MA Essex County 276
MA Hampden County 58
MA Middlesex County 278
MA Suffolk County 467
MA Worcester County 84
MI Kent County 71
MI Wayne County 61
MN Hennepin County 51
MN Nobles County 58
MS Scott County 84
MO Jackson County 75
NE Douglas County 192
NE Hall County 55
NV Clark County 233
NJ Bergen County 257
NJ Camden County 62
NJ Essex County 262
NJ Hudson County 332
NJ Mercer County 165
NJ Middlesex County 155
NJ Monmouth County 80
NJ Morris County 110
NJ Passaic County 101
NJ Somerset County 58
NJ Union County 607
NY Bronx County 224
NY Kings County 399
NY Nassau County 1072
NY Queens County 721
NY Rockland County 144
NY Suffolk County 1322
NY Westchester County 270
NC Durham County 125
NC Forsyth County 53
NC Mecklenburg County 388
NC Wake County 173
OH Butler County 55
OH Franklin County 112
OH Hamilton County 192
OH Tuscarawas County 82
OK Oklahoma County 104
OK Tulsa County 73
PA Chester County 52
PA Montgomery County 81
PA Philadelphia County 168
RI Providence County 215
SC Berkeley County 50
SC Charleston County 79
SC Greenville County 99
SC Horry County 51
TN Davidson County 389
TN Hamilton County 144
TN Knox County 68
TN Rutherford County 75
TN Sevier County 59
TN Shelby County 267
TX Bexar County 187
TX Collin County 99
TX Dallas County 1001
TX Fort Bend County 82
TX Galveston County 84
TX Harris County 3144
TX Montgomery County 136
TX Tarrant County 229
TX Travis County 361
UT Salt Lake County 58
VA Arlington County 141
VA Chesterfield County 186
VA Fairfax County 1176
VA Henrico County 90
VA Loudoun County 249
VA Prince William County 488
VA Alexandria city 172
VA Manassas city 100
VA Richmond city 172
WA King County 150

See the FY15 county level data
See the FY14 county level data

For more information, please read ORR’s reunification policy.

Last Reviewed: September 23, 2016