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.
 

Please note: ORR makes considerable effort to provide precise and timely data to the public, but adjustments occasionally occur following review and reconciliation.  The FY2014 release data posted in the chart below was updated on March 13, 2015.  Questions may be addressed to ORR directly, at (202) 401-9246.

Unaccompanied Children Release Data

State Total Number of UCs Released to Sponsors FY 2014 Total Number of UCs Released to Sponsors in FY 2015
Alabama 786 366
Alaska 4 1
Arizona 295 76
Arkansas 307 75
California 5831 1355
Colorado 426 95
Connecticut 552 86
Delaware 212 40
District of Columbia 375 64
Florida 5445 1113
Georgia 2047 361
Hawaii 8 1
Idaho 19 2
Illinois 552 127
Indiana 448 77
Iowa 235 75
Kansas 312 113
Kentucky 413 105
Louisiana 1755 135
Maine 17 0
Maryland 3884 576
Massachusetts 1372 274
Michigan 193 42
Minnesota 304 116
Mississippi 290 80
Missouri 222 66
Montana 1 1
Nebraska 351 130
Nevada 228 57
New Hampshire 35 3
New Jersey 2680 516
New Mexico 41 4
New York 5955 935
North Carolina 2064 285
North Dakota 4 0
Ohio 635 208
Oklahoma 377 114
Oregon 115 53
Pennsylvania 660 126
Rhode Island 203 74
South Carolina 588 110
South Dakota 48 26
Tennessee 1294 251
Texas 7409 1211
Utah 119 23
Vermont 3 0
Virginia 3887 532
Washington 391 116
West Virginia 30 4
Wisconsin 85 14
Wyoming 8 4
Puerto Rico 2 0
Virgin Islands 1 0
Total 53,518 10,221


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