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 as of July 31, 2015 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 92 counties nationwide and comprises 14,123 of the 20,421 total children released to sponsors in this period. See the state-by-state data.

State County

Total Number of UCs Released to Sponsors in FY15 YTD (Oct 14 - Jul 15)

AL Franklin County (NEW IN JULY) 50
AL Jefferson County 73
AL Marshall County 94
AL Morgan County 62
AL Tuscaloosa County 71
AZ Maricopa County 114
CA Alameda County 225
CA Contra Costa County 86
CA Fresno County (NEW IN JULY) 56
CA Los Angeles County 1160
CA Marin County (NEW IN JULY) 52
CA Orange County 121
CA Riverside County 115
CA San Bernardino County (NEW IN JULY) 50
CA San Diego County 107
CA San Francisco County 109
CA San Mateo County 116
CA Santa Clara County 99
CA Ventura County 58
CT Fairfield County 59
DE Sussex County 94
FL Broward County 142
FL Collier County 166
FL Duval County 60
FL Hillsborough County 84
FL Lee County 205
FL Martin County 74
FL Miami-Dade County 502
FL Orange County 76
FL Palm Beach County 540
GA Cobb County 78
GA DeKalb County 170
GA Gwinnett County 121
IL Cook County 107
IN Marion County 60
KS Ford County 57
KS Seward County 56
KY Jefferson County 59
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 59
LA Jefferson Parish 116
LA Orleans Parish 63
MD Anne Arundel County (NEW IN JULY) 55
MD Baltimore County 83
MD Frederick County (NEW IN JULY) 52
MD Montgomery County 376
MD Prince George's County 487
MD Baltimore city 102
MA Essex County 139
MA Middlesex County 84
MA Suffolk County 199
NE Douglas County 68
NV Clark County 107
NJ Bergen County 143
NJ Essex County 110
NJ Hudson County 121
NJ Mercer County 61
NJ Union County 286
NY Bronx County 144
NY Kings County 223
NY Nassau County 336
NY Queens County 373
NY Rockland County 91
NY Suffolk County 440
NY Westchester County 143
NC Durham County 68
NC Mecklenburg County 163
NC Wake County 71
OH Franklin County 77
OH Hamilton County 120
OH Tuscarawas County 69
OK Oklahoma County 59
OK Texas County 54
PA Philadelphia County 82
RI Providence County 142
SC Greenville County (NEW IN JULY) 54
TN Davidson County 135
TN Hamilton County (NEW IN JULY) 55
TN Knox County (NEW IN JULY) 51
TN Shelby County 110
TX Bexar County 64
TX Dallas County 342
TX Harris County 1249
TX Tarrant County 84
TX Travis County 128
VA Arlington County (NEW IN JULY) 59
VA Chesterfield County 55
VA Fairfax County 375
VA Loudoun County 77
VA Prince William County 162
VA Alexandria city 81
VA Richmond city 75
WA King County (NEW IN JULY) 73

See the FY14 county level data

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

Last Reviewed: September 2, 2015