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 where the sponsors live, where 50 or more children have been released since January 1, 2014.  This data covers 140 counties nationwide, comprises 36,321 of the 45,029 total children released to sponsors in this period. ACF will update this data each month. See the state-by-state data.

State County

Total # of Unaccompanied
Children Released between
Jan. 1 – SEP. 30, 2014

AL Jefferson County 96
AL Marshall County 116
AR Pulaski County 71
AZ Maricopa County  210
CA Alameda County 305
CA Contra Costa County 120
CA Fresno County 112
CA Kern County 82
CA Los Angeles County 2,474
CA Marin County 118
CA Monterey County 81
CA Orange County 251
CA Riverside County 163
CA Sacremento County 56
CA San Bernardino County 125
CA San Diego County 105
CA San Francisco County 223
CA San Mateo County 201
CA Santa Clara County 170
CA Ventura County 58
CO Arapahoe County 76
CO Denver County 64
CO El Paso County 58
CT Fairfield County 299
CT Hartford County 58
CT New Haven County 77
DE Sussex County 136
FL Broward County 419
FL Collier County 189
FL Duval County 167
FL Hillsborough County 165
FL Lee County 291
FL Manatee County 63
FL Martin County 103
FL Miami-Dade County 1,279
FL Orange County 256
FL Palm Beach County 941
FL Seminole County 50
FL St. Lucie County 57
GA Cherokee County 85
GA Cobb County 175
GA DeKalb County 404
GA Fulton County 75
GA Gwinnett County 337
GA Hall County 104
IL Cook County 232
IL DuPage County 83
IL Lake County 63
IN Elkhart County 53
IN Marion County 164
KS Wyandotte County 61
KY Jefferson County 108
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 197
LA Jefferson Parish 585
LA Lafayette Parish 54
LA Orleans Parish 267
LA St. Tammany Parish 59
MA Bristol County 72
MA Essex County 255
MA Middlesex County 223
MA Suffolk County 447
MA Worcester County 78
MD Anne Arundel County 180
MD Baltimore City 312
MD Baltimore County 253
MD Frederick County 167
MD Howard County 115
MD Montgomery County 948
MD Prince George's County 1,114
MI Kent County 63
MN Nobles County 58
MS Harrison County 55
NC Durham County 187
NC Guilford County 51
NC Mecklenburg County 563
NC Wake County 197
NC Wayne County 55
NE Douglas County 104
NE Hall County 53
NJ Atlantic County 54
NJ Bergen County 157
NJ Camden County 81
NJ Essex County 283
NJ Hudson County 287
NJ Mercer County 174
NJ Middlesex County 164
NJ Monmouth County 57
NJ Morris County 212
NJ Passaic County 79
NJ Somerset County 78
NJ Union County 490
NV Clark County 180
NY Bronx County 433
NY Kings County 434
NY Nassau County 1,250
NY New York County 63
NY Orange County 71
NY Queens County 732
NY Rockland County 194
NY Suffolk County 1,358
NY Westchester County 270
OH Franklin County 141
OH Hamilton County 156
OK Oklahoma County 113
OK Tulsa County 86
PA Montgomery County 72
PA Philadephia County 166
RI Providence County 150
SC Beaufort County 62
SC Greenville County 118
SC Horry County 55
TN Davidson County 300
TN Hamilton County 131
TN Knox County 76
TN Sevier County 97
TN Shelby County 240
TX Bexar County 162
TX Collin County 68
TX Dallas County 1022
TX Denton County 50
TX Fort Bend County 75
TX Galveston County 91
TX Harris County 3,364
TX Jefferson County 68
TX Montgomery County 137
TX Tarrant County 243
TX Travis County 412
UT Salt Lake County 61
VA Alexandria City 233
VA Arlington County 154
VA Chesterfield County 120
VA Fairfax County 1,177
VA Harrisonburg City 70
VA Henrico County 58
VA Loudoun County 237
VA Manassas City 114
VA Norfolk City 66
VA Prince William County 437
VA Richmond City 138
WA King County 129

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