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/county equivalents where the sponsors live, where 50 or more children have been released for FY 2016 (since October 1, 2015) as of April 30, 2016.  This data covers 103 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 21,708 of the 29,250 total children released to sponsors in this period. ACF will update this data each month. See the state-by-state data.                                  

State County Total Number of UC Released to Sponsors in FY16 YTD (Oct 15 -Apr 16)
AL Jefferson County 56
AL Marshall County 88
AZ Maricopa County 177
CA Alameda County                                    304
CA Contra Costa County                                    131
CA Fresno County                                      84
CA Los Angeles County                                1,996
CA Marin County                                    104
CA Monterey County                                      80
CA Orange County                                    197
CA Riverside County                                    177
CA San Bernardino County                                      92
CA San Diego County                                    149
CA San Francisco County                                    140
CA San Mateo County                                    143
CA Santa Barbara County                                      62
CA Santa Clara County                                    139
CO Arapahoe County                                      59
CT Fairfield County 169
DE Sussex County 160
FL Broward County                                    232
FL Collier County                                    219
FL Duval County                                      82
FL Hillsborough County                                    130
FL Lee County                                    225
FL Manatee County                                      64
FL Martin County                                      81
FL Miami-Dade County                                    738
FL Orange County                                    128
FL Palm Beach County                                    780
GA Cherokee County                                      50
GA Cobb County                                      94
GA DeKalb County                                    230
GA Fulton County                                      57
GA Gwinnett County                                    172
GA Hall County                                      52
IL Cook County 138
IN Marion County 85
KY Jefferson County 71
LA East Baton Rouge Parish                                      98
LA Jefferson Parish                                    180
LA Orleans Parish                                      99
MD Anne Arundel County                                      78
MD Baltimore County                                    184
MD Frederick County                                      86
MD Montgomery County                                    591
MD Prince George's County                                    786
MD Baltimore city                                    173
MA Bristol County                                      86
MA Essex County                                    178
MA Middlesex County                                    159
MA Suffolk County                                    289
MI Kent County                                      54
MS Scott County                                      62
MO Jackson County                                      50
NE Douglas County                                    142
NV Clark County                                    137
NJ Bergen County                                    161
NJ Essex County                                    157
NJ Hudson County                                    181
NJ Mercer County                                      87
NJ Middlesex County                                      88
NJ Passaic County                                      61
NJ Union County                                    382
NY Bronx County                                    133
NY Kings County                                    253
NY Nassau County                                    625
NY Queens County                                    447
NY Rockland County                                      86
NY Suffolk County                                    738
NY Westchester County                                    155
NC Durham County                                      68
NC Mecklenburg County                                    234
NC Wake County                                      93
OH Franklin County                                      58
OH Hamilton County                                    129
OH Tuscarawas County                                      58
OK Oklahoma County                                      69
PA Montgomery County                                      55
PA Philadelphia County                                      92
RI Providence County                                    135
SC Charleston County                                      60
SC Greenville County                                      57
TN Davidson County                                    231
TN Hamilton County                                    106
TN Shelby County                                    177
TX Bexar County                                    109
TX Collin County                                      62
TX Dallas County                                    574
TX Fort Bend County                                      56
TX Harris County                                1,913
TX Montgomery County                                      80
TX Tarrant County                                    131
TX Travis County                                    227
VA Arlington County                                      99
VA Chesterfield County                                    122
VA Fairfax County                                    738
VA Loudoun County                                    180
VA Prince William County                                    298
VA Alexandria city                                      99
VA Manassas city                                      61
VA Richmond city                                    109
WA King County 107


See the FY15 county level data
See the FY14 county level data

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

Last Reviewed: May 26, 2016