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 June 30, 2016.  This data covers 128 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 29,433 of the 37,574 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 (Oct 2015 -Jun 2016)  
AL Jefferson County                                       65
AL Marshall County                                       99
AL Morgan County                                       52
AL Tuscaloosa County                                       55
AZ Maricopa County                                    217
AR Pulaski County                                       53
CA Alameda County                                    391
CA Contra Costa County                                    173
CA Fresno County                                    115
CA Kern County 55
CA Los Angeles County                                 2,579
CA Marin County                                    129
CA Monterey County                                    103
CA Orange County                                    246
CA Riverside County                                    217
CA Sacramento County                                       53
CA San Bernardino County                                    122
CA San Diego County                                    178
CA San Francisco County                                    177
CA San Joaquin County                                       53
CA San Mateo County                                    183
CA Santa Barbara County                                       80
CA Santa Clara County                                    177
CA Ventura County                                       61
CO Arapahoe County                                       79
CO Denver County                                       51
CT Fairfield County                                    221
CT New Haven County                                       61
DE Sussex County                                    185
FL Broward County                                    315
FL Collier County                                    266
FL Duval County                                    103
FL Hillsborough County                                    152
FL Lee County                                    281
FL Manatee County                                       80
FL Martin County                                    101
FL Miami-Dade County                                    941
FL Orange County                                    185
FL Palm Beach County                                    940
GA Cherokee County                                       60
GA Cobb County                                    132
GA DeKalb County                                    286
GA Fulton County                                       65
GA Gwinnett County                                    241
GA Hall County                                       73
IL Cook County                                    175
IL DuPage County                                       63
IN Marion County                                    120
IA Woodbury County                                       57
KS Ford County                                       50
KS Wyandotte County                                       57
KY Fayette County                                       58
KY Jefferson County                                       94
LA East Baton Rouge Parish                                    123
LA Jefferson Parish                                    227
LA Orleans Parish                                    127
MD Anne Arundel County                                    106
MD Baltimore County                                    243
MD Frederick County                                    111
MD Howard County                                       64
MD Montgomery County                                    785
MD Prince George's County                                 1,004
MD Baltimore city                                    225
MA Bristol County                                    113
MA Essex County                                    216
MA Middlesex County                                    211
MA Suffolk County                                    370
MA Worcester County                                       56
MI Kent County                                       61
MI Wayne County                                       52
MS Scott County                                       76
MO Jackson County                                       61
NE Douglas County                                    162
NE Hall County                                       50
NV Clark County                                    185
NJ Bergen County                                    209
NJ Essex County                                    217
NJ Hudson County                                    257
NJ Mercer County                                    122
NJ Middlesex County                                    119
NJ Monmouth County                                       59
NJ Morris County                                       80
NJ Passaic County                                       78
NJ Union County                                    490
NY Bronx County                                    177
NY Kings County                                    326
NY Nassau County                                    827
NY Queens County                                    572
NY Rockland County                                    104
NY Suffolk County                                 1,010
NY Westchester County                                    201
NC Durham County                                       96
NC Mecklenburg County                                    311
NC Wake County                                    128
OH Franklin County                                       82
OH Hamilton County                                    157
OH Tuscarawas County                                       66
OK Oklahoma County                                       85
OK Tulsa County                                       57
PA Montgomery County                                       69
PA Philadelphia County                                    126
RI Providence County                                    173
SC Charleston County                                       67
SC Greenville County                                       74
TN Davidson County                                    294
TN Hamilton County                                    125
TN Knox County                                       52
TN Rutherford County                                       55
TN Shelby County                                    218
TX Bexar County                                    152
TX Collin County                                       79
TX Dallas County                                    790
TX Fort Bend County                                       73
TX Galveston County                                       69
TX Harris County                                 2,521
TX Montgomery County                                    110
TX Tarrant County                                    171
TX Travis County                                    282
VA Arlington County                                    111
VA Chesterfield County                                    151
VA Fairfax County                                    940
VA Henrico County                                       60
VA Loudoun County                                    212
VA Prince William County                                    410
VA Alexandria city                                    132
VA Manassas city                                       72
VA Richmond city                                    134
WA King County                                    128

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

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

Last Reviewed: July 25, 2016