Foster Care Frequently Asked Question #8
How many children are in foster care in the U. S.? In my State?
According to the most current AFCARS (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Report) Report, released in July 2012, there were approximately 400,540 children in the U. S. in foster care on September 30, 2011. The full report is available online via the Children’s Bureau website at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/afcars-report-19
For State-specific information on the number of entries, exits, and children in care on the last day of the Federal fiscal year 2010, as of June 15, 2011, please see the table on the Children’s Bureau website at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/fy2003-2011-foster-care-... In addition, this table provides comparable data for the years 2002 - 2010.