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  • Trends in Foster Care and Adoption

    This Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report presents national estimates related to children who experience time in foster care and who are adopted from the foster care system, relative to each Federal Fiscal Year shown.
  • AFCARS Report #22

    This report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2014. As states are permitted to resubmit AFCARS data, the estimates may change over time.
  • AFCARS Report #20

    This report provides preliminary estimates of AFCARS data for FY 2012. Preliminary reports of AFCARS data include data received by September 30 for the report period ending March 31 and by March 31 for the report period ending September 30.
  • Data Brief 2013-1: Recent Demographic Trends in Foster Care

    This data brief summarizes changes in the size and racial and ethnic composition of the U.S. foster care population and provides new geographic detail.
  • AFCARS Report #23

    This report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2015.
  • About AFCARS

    This document provides general information about the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).
  • AFCARS Report #21

    This report provides preliminary estimates of AFCARS data for FY 2013. Preliminary reports of AFCARS data include data received by September 30 for the report period ending March 31 and by March 31 for the report period ending September 30.
  • AFCARS Report #19

    This report provides preliminary estimates of AFCARS data for FY 2011. Preliminary reports of AFCARS data include data received by September 30 for the report period ending March 31 and by March 31 for the report period ending September 30.
  • A National Look at the Use of Congregate Care in Child Welfare

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, and the Children’s Bureau released a brief on the use of congregate care in the child welfare system. Through examining trends from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), federal, state, and local agencies were able to collect data elements which are designed to help policymakers and advocates better understand the population of children and youth who are likely to experience congregate care and what, if any, additional supports may be needed to further reduce reliance on it as a placement setting.
  • AFCARS Policy Guidance and Resources

    Policy issuances related to AFCARS as well as other resources, such as the Technical Bulletins.

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