Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors By State

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 data in the table below shows state-by-state data of unaccompanied children released to sponsors. ACF will update this data each month. View unaccompanied children released to sponsors by county.

UAC release data from January 1st to July 31st

State # of UAC
Alabama 515
Alaska
5
Arizona 203
Arkansas
209
California
3909
Colorado
263
Connecticut
394
Delaware 141
District of Columbia
238
Florida
3809
Georgia
1412
Hawaii
8
Idaho 13
Illinois 377
Indiana
309
Iowa
159
Kansas
207
Kentucky
284
Louisiana
1275
Maine 12
Maryland 2804
Massachusetts
989
Michigan
124
Minnesota
202
Mississippi 202
Missouri
146
Montana
1
Nebraska 232
Nevada 163
New Hampshire
24
New Jersey
1877
New Mexico
28
New York
4244
North Carolina 1429
North Dakota 4
Ohio
405
Oklahoma
241
Oregon
73
Pennsylvania
456
Puerto Rico
1
Rhode Island
148
South Carolina
434
South Dakota
27
Tennessee
909
Texas
5280
Utah
85
Vermont 3
Virginia
2856
Virgin Islands
4
Washington
265
West Virginia 12
Wisconsin
60
Wyoming
7
Total
37477


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