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 September 30, 2016.  This data covers 156 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 42,664 of the 52,147 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

AL Jefferson County 86
AL Marshall County 133
AL Morgan County 77
AL Tuscaloosa County 69
AZ Maricopa County 308
AR Benton County 57
AR Pulaski County 72
CA Alameda County 566
CA Contra Costa County 269
CA Fresno County 165
CA Kern County 90
CA Los Angeles County 3,517
CA Marin County 171
CA Monterey County 140
CA Orange County 338
CA Riverside County 310
CA Sacramento County 73
CA San Bernardino County 171
CA San Diego County 230
CA San Francisco County 253
CA San Joaquin County 76
CA San Mateo County 256
CA Santa Barbara County 103
CA Santa Clara County 234
CA Solano County 56
CA Stanislaus County 50
CA Ventura County 86
CO Arapahoe County 98
CO Denver County 70
CO El Paso County 51
CT Fairfield County 310
CT New Haven County 73
DE Sussex County 232
FL Broward County 440
FL Collier County 323
FL Duval County 142
FL Hillsborough County 205
FL Lee County 415
FL Manatee County 106
FL Martin County 131
FL Miami-Dade County 1,325
FL Orange County 262
FL Palm Beach County 1,260
FL Seminole County 61
GA Cherokee County 81
GA Cobb County 178
GA DeKalb County 381
GA Fulton County 87
GA Gwinnett County 307
GA Hall County 99
IL Cook County 256
IL DuPage County 79
IL Lake County 52
IN Marion County 173
IA Polk County 68
IA Woodbury County 68
KS Ford County 65
KS Wyandotte County 69
KY Fayette County 72
KY Jefferson County 129
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 195
LA Jefferson Parish 335
LA Orleans Parish 170
MD Anne Arundel County 186
MD Baltimore County 352
MD Charles County 53
MD Frederick County 157
MD Howard County 103
MD Montgomery County 1,079
MD Prince George's County 1,420
MD Baltimore city 346
MA Bristol County 161
MA Essex County 304
MA Hampden County 64
MA Middlesex County 307
MA Suffolk County 531
MA Worcester County 100
MI Kent County 78
MI Wayne County 73
MN Hennepin County 60
MN Nobles County 61
MN Ramsey County 53
MS Scott County 86
MO Jackson County 84
NE Douglas County 212
NE Hall County 63
NV Clark County 264
NJ Atlantic County 55
NJ Bergen County 281
NJ Camden County 73
NJ Essex County 288
NJ Hudson County 367
NJ Mercer County 193
NJ Middlesex County 167
NJ Monmouth County 87
NJ Morris County 126
NJ Passaic County 105
NJ Somerset County 71
NJ Union County 669
NY Bronx County 250
NY Kings County 441
NY Nassau County 1,219
NY Queens County 798
NY Rockland County 179
NY Suffolk County 1,472
NY Westchester County 304
NC Durham County 135
NC Forsyth County 60
NC Mecklenburg County 426
NC Wake County 193
OH Butler County 64
OH Franklin County 133
OH Hamilton County 212
OH Tuscarawas County 88
OK Oklahoma County 115
OK Tulsa County 82
PA Chester County 54
PA Montgomery County 88
PA Philadelphia County 204
RI Providence County 247
SC Beaufort County 51
SC Berkeley County 54
SC Charleston County 83
SC Greenville County 113
SC Horry County 56
TN Davidson County 429
TN Hamblen County 52
TN Hamilton County 150
TN Knox County 76
TN Rutherford County 80
TN Sevier County 62
TN Shelby County 293
TX Bexar County 197
TX Collin County 107
TX Dallas County 1,103
TX Denton County 55
TX Fort Bend County 93
TX Galveston County 91
TX Harris County 3,470
TX Montgomery County 149
TX Tarrant County 259
TX Travis County 394
UT Salt Lake County 65
VA Arlington County 163
VA Chesterfield County 198
VA Fairfax County 1,321
VA Henrico County 96
VA James City County 56
VA Loudoun County 271
VA Prince William County 534
VA Spotsylvania County 52
VA Alexandria city 189
VA Manassas city 106
VA Norfolk city 61
VA Richmond city 188
WA King County 180

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

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

Last Reviewed: October 20, 2016