Adoption & Foster Care Statistics

The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) collects case-level information on all children in foster care and those who have been adopted with title IV-E agency involvement. See Reporting Systems for more information.

Trends in Foster Care and Adoption - This chart presents national estimates of foster care and adoption population characteristics.


Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation Data Briefs

Data Brief 2013-1 – Recent Demographic Trends in Foster Care - Over the last decade, the U.S. foster care population has undergone a substantial reduction in size and experienced a shift in its racial and ethnic composition. This data brief summarizes those changes and provides new geographic detail.


AFCARS Reports

AFCARS Report #20 (Preliminary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2012)
AFCARS Report #19 (Preliminary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2011)
AFCARS Report #18 (Preliminary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2010)
AFCARS Report #17 (Preliminary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2009)
AFCARS Report #16 (Preliminary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2008)
AFCARS Report #15 (Preliminary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2007)
AFCARS Report #14 (Preliminary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2006)
AFCARS Report #13 (Preliminary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2005)
AFCARS Report #12 (Final for Fiscal Year 1998 through Fiscal Year 2002)
AFCARS Report #11 (Preliminary Estimates for Fiscal Year 2004)
AFCARS Report #10 (Interim Estimates for Fiscal Year 2003)

AFCARS Assessment Reviews - Evaluate the ability of a state's automated information system to gather, extract, and submit the AFCARS data accurately.


State-by-State Adoption and Foster Care Statistics

State-Specific Adoption Statistics