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 for FY 2015 (since October 1, 2014).  This data covers two counties nationwide, and comprises 204 of the 1,712 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
in FY 2015

CA Los Angeles County 100
TX Harris County 104


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 for FY 2014.  This data covers 163 counties nationwide, comprises 44,361 of the 53,518 total children released to sponsors in this period.

State County

Total # of
Unaccompanied
Children Released
in FY 2014

AL DeKalb County 55
AL Jefferson County 114
AL Marshall County 131
AL Morgan County 51
AL Tuscaloosa County 50
     
AZ Maricopa County 267
     
AR Pulaski County 82
     
CA Alameda County 367
CA Contra Costa County 135
CA Fresno County 133
CA Kern County 99
CA Los Angeles County 2949
CA Marin County 139
CA Monterey County 86
CA Orange County 284
CA Riverside County 191
CA Sacramento County 61
CA San Bernardino County 155
CA San Diego County 130
CA San Francisco County 261
CA San Joaquin County 54
CA San Mateo County 245
CA Santa Barbara County 52
CA Santa Clara County 221
CA Ventura County 61
     
CO Arapahoe County 90
CO Denver County 76
CO El Paso County 65
CO Weld County 50
     
CT Fairfield County 344
CT Hartford County 70
CT New Haven County 98
     
DE Sussex County 171
     
FL Broward County 513
FL Collier County 241
FL Duval County 192
FL Hillsborough County 230
FL Lee County 357
FL Manatee County 80
FL Martin County 127
FL Miami-Dade County 1492
FL Okaloosa County 50
FL Orange County 309
FL Osceola County 52
FL Palm Beach County 1170
FL Polk County 51
FL St. Lucie County 72
FL Seminole County 65
     
GA Cherokee County 93
GA Cobb County 218
GA DeKalb County 493
GA Fulton County 100
GA Gwinnett County 399
GA Hall County 116
     
IL Cook County 273
IL DuPage County 100
IL Lake County 75
     
IN Elkhart County 65
IN Marion County 188
     
KS Ford County 58
KS Wyandotte County 67
     
KY Jefferson County 120
     
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 233
LA Jefferson Parish 738
LA Lafayette Parish 70
LA Orleans Parish 317
LA St. Tammany Parish 69
     
MD Anne Arundel County 210
MD Baltimore County 287
MD Frederick County 192
MD Howard County 132
MD Montgomery County 1117
MD Prince George's County 1328
MD Baltimore city 379
     
MA Bristol County 90
MA Essex County 311
MA Middlesex County 251
MA Suffolk County 508
MA Worcester County 85
     
MI Kent County 75
MI Wayne County 52
     
MN Nobles County 68
     
MS Harrison County 70
MS Scott County 54
     
MO Jackson County 51
     
NE Douglas County 122
NE Hall County 60
     
NV Clark County 212
     
NJ Atlantic County 61
NJ Bergen County 202
NJ Camden County 91
NJ Essex County 344
NJ Hudson County 325
NJ Mercer County 203
NJ Middlesex County 192
NJ Monmouth County 69
NJ Morris County 234
NJ Passaic County 90
NJ Somerset County 99
NJ Union County 582
     
NY Bronx County 495
NY Kings County 535
NY Nassau County 1446
NY New York County 77
NY Orange County 74
NY Putnam County 54
NY Queens County 902
NY Rockland County 232
NY Suffolk County 1600
NY Westchester County 322
     
NC Burke County 55
NC Duplin County 54
NC Durham County 215
NC Guilford County 63
NC Mecklenburg County 683
NC Sampson County 62
NC Wake County 250
NC Wayne County 71
     
OH Franklin County 164
OH Hamilton County 205
OH Tuscarawas County 59
     
OK Oklahoma County 140
OK Tulsa County 120
     
PA Bucks County 51
PA Chester County 57
PA Delaware County 50
PA Montgomery County 82
PA Philadephia County 207
     
RI Providence County 174
     
SC Beaufort County 69
SC Greenville County 131
SC Horry County 63
     
TN Davidson County 353
TN Hamilton County 166
TN Knox County 89
TN Rutherford County 56
TN Sevier County 110
TN Shelby County 285
     
TX Bexar County 175
TX Collin County 80
TX Dallas County 1196
TX Denton County 59
TX Fort Bend County 84
TX Galveston County 104
TX Harris County 4028
TX Jefferson County 73
TX Montgomery County 167
TX Tarrant County 282
TX Travis County 477
     
UT Salt Lake County 66
     
VA Arlington County 179
VA Chesterfield County 145
VA Fairfax County 1373
VA Henrico County 72
VA Loudoun County 290
VA Prince William County 504
VA Alexandria city 259
VA Harrisonburg city 81
VA Manassas city 132
VA Norfolk city 75
VA Richmond city 159
VA Roanoke city 51
     
WA King County 153


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