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 126 counties nationwide, and comprises 29,890 of the 37,477 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 – July 31, 2014

UAC release data from January 1st to July 31st
AL Jefferson County 83
AL Marshall County 81
AR Pulaski County 59
AZ Maricopa County  183
CA Alameda County 242
CA Contra Costa County 91
CA Fresno County 93
CA Kern County 71
CA Los Angeles County 1,993
CA Marin County 96
CA Monterey County 67
CA Orange County 206
CA Riverside County 108
CA San Bernardino County 94
CA San Diego County 76
CA San Francisco County 185
CA San Mateo County 153
CA Santa Clara County 132
CO Arapahoe County 52
CO Denver County 58
CT Fairfield County 253
CT Hartford County 53
CT New Haven County 66
DE Sussex County 114
FL Broward County 356
FL Collier County 160
FL Duval County 140
FL Hillsborough County 142
FL Lee County 232
FL Manatee County 59
FL Martin County 81
FL Miami-Dade County 1,127
FL Orange County 216
FL Palm Beach County 785
GA Cherokee County 65
GA Cobb County 138
GA DeKalb County 347
GA Fulton County 64
GA Gwinnett County 266
GA Hall County 85
IL Cook County 52
IL DuPage County 67
IL Lake County 56
IN Marion County 132
KS Wyandotte County 53
KY Jefferson County 87
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 173
LA Jefferson Parish 533
LA Lafayette Parish 51
LA Orleans Parish 237
LA St. Tammany Parish 54
MA Bristol County 60
MA Essex County 204
MA Middlesex County 189
MA Suffolk County 384
MA Worcester County 69
MD Anne Arundel County 145
MD Baltimore City 264
MD Baltimore County 206
MD Frederick County 139
MD Howard County 102
MD Montgomery County 816
MD Prince George's County 960
MS Harrison County 50
NC Durham County 157
NC Mecklenburg County 488
NC Wake County 170
NE Douglas County 79
NJ Bergen County 119
NJ Camden County 73
NJ Essex County 250
NJ Hudson County 238
NJ Mercer County 128
NJ Middlesex County 144
NJ Morris County 181
NJ Passaic County 67
NJ Somerset County 66
NJ Union County 395
NV Clark County 150
NY Bronx County 347
NY Kings County 362
NY Nassau County 1,096
NY New York County 54
NY Orange County 63
NY Queens County 578
NY Rockland County 162
NY Suffolk County 1,181
NY Westchester County 226
OH Franklin County 110
OH Hamilton County 130
OK Oklahoma County 97
OK Tulsa County 74
PA Montgomery County 58
PA Philadephia County 147
RI Providence County 130
SC Beaufort County 56
SC Greenville County 106
TN Davidson County 255
TN Hamilton County 109
TN Knox County 67
TN Sevier County 88
TN Shelby County 190
TX Bexar County 134
TX Collin County 56
TX Dallas County 851
TX Denton County 55
TX Fort Bend County 61
TX Galveston County 72
TX Harris County 2,866
TX Jefferson County 64
TX Montgomery County 117
TX Tarrant County 199
TX Travis County 354
UT Salt Lake County 53
VA Alexandria City 205
VA Arlington County 133
VA Chesterfield County 104
VA Fairfax County 1,023
VA Harrisonburg City 65
VA Henrico County 50
VA Loudoun County 210
VA Manassas City 103
VA Norfolk City 58
VA Prince William County 361
VA Richmond City 112
WA King County 104
  Total 29,890


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