Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors by County

Publication Date: June 24, 2021

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 FY2021 (since October 1, 2020) as of June 30, 2021. This data covers 201 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 48,720 of the 59,131 total children released to sponsors in this period. ACF will update this data each month. Additional data on unaccompanied children released to sponsors by county is available on the HHS website Visit disclaimer page .

View unaccompanied children released to sponsors by state.

State County Total Number of UC Released to Sponsors in FY21 (thru June 2021)
AL Baldwin County 89
AL Coffee County 52
AL Jefferson County 186
AL Lee County 69
AL Marshall County 121
AL Mobile County 59
AL Tuscaloosa County 60
AR Benton County 54
AR Pulaski County 119
AR Washington County 62
AZ Maricopa County 358
CA Alameda County 429
CA Contra Costa County 243
CA Fresno County 214
CA Kern County 98
CA Los Angeles County 2,375
CA Marin County 149
CA Monterey County 122
CA Orange County 285
CA Riverside County 365
CA Sacramento County 88
CA San Bernardino County 192
CA San Diego County 204
CA San Francisco County 179
CA San Joaquin County 106
CA San Mateo County 321
CA Santa Barbara County 60
CA Santa Clara County 171
CA Solano County 55
CA Ventura County 109
CO Adams County 52
CO Arapahoe County 134
CO Denver County 85
CO El Paso County 94
CT Fairfield County 480
CT Hartford County 66
CT New Haven County 184
DC District of Columbia 158
DE Sussex County 246
FL Broward County 438
FL Collier County 348
FL Duval County 316
FL Escambia County 90
FL Hillsborough County 366
FL Lee County 506
FL Manatee County 151
FL Martin County 134
FL Miami-Dade County 1,250
FL Okaloosa County 93
FL Orange County 501
FL Palm Beach County 1,082
FL Polk County 88
FL Seminole County 90
FL St. Lucie County 82
FL Walton County 72
GA Chatham County 63
GA Cherokee County 95
GA Clayton County 53
GA Cobb County 229
GA DeKalb County 526
GA Fulton County 87
GA Gwinnett County 439
GA Hall County 130
IA Polk County 81
IA Woodbury County 58
IA Champaign County 64
IL Cook County 485
IL DuPage County 94
IL Kane County 67
IL Lake County 72
IN Elkhart County 62
IN Marion County 430
KS Johnson County 58
KS Wyandotte County 127
KY Fayette County 67
KY Jefferson County 170
KY Kenton County 61
LA Calcasieu Parish 55
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 300
LA Jefferson Parish 482
LA Lafayette Parish 101
LA Orleans Parish 212
LA St. Tammany Parish 55
MA Bristol County 142
MA Essex County 392
MA Hampden County 55
MA Middlesex County 291
MA Plymouth County 59
MA Suffolk County 298
MA Worcester County 115
MD Anne Arundel County 184
MD Baltimore County 333
MD Baltimore city 424
MD Frederick County 96
MD Howard County 110
MD Montgomery County 650
MD Prince George's County 899
MI Kent County 98
MI Wayne County 61
MI Dakota County 62
MN Hennepin County 159
MN Nobles County 60
MN Ramsey County 74
MO Jackson County 131
MO St. Louis County 65
MO  St. Louis city 64
MS Harrison County 89
MS Scott County 57
NC Buncombe County 51
NC Burke County 51
NC Durham County 228
NC  Forsyth County 61
NC Guilford County 65
NC Mecklenburg County 766
NC New Hanover County 60
NC Robeson County 55
NC Wake County 242
NC Wayne County 55
NE Douglas County 210
NE Hall County 50
NJ Bergen County 234
NJ Camden County 117
NJ Cumberland County 64
NJ Essex County 454
NJ Hudson County 286
NJ Mercer County 449
NJ Middlesex County 191
NJ Monmouth County 94
NJ Morris County 247
NJ Ocean County 81
NJ Passaic County 136
NJ Somerset County 60
NJ Union County 497
NV Clark County 189
NY Bronx County 325
NY Dutchess County 59
NY Kings County 750
NY Nassau County 675
NY Orange County 191
NY Queens County 832
NY Rockland County 360
NY Suffolk County 987
NY Westchester County 329
OH Butler County 77
OH Franklin County 189
OH Hamilton County 335
OH Montgomery County 64
OH Stark County 69
OH Tuscarawas County 82
OK Oklahoma County 224
OK Tulsa County 221
OR Multnomah County 83
OR Washington County 77
OR Allegheny County 56
PA Chester County 109
PA Delaware County 88
PA Montgomery County 120
PA Philadelphia County 383
RI Providence County 234
SC Berkeley County 79
SC Charleston County 121
SC Greenville County 168
SC Horry County 103
SC Lexington County 90
SC Richland county 73
TN Davidson County 892
TN Hamlen County 53
TN Hamilton County 219
TN Knox County 118
TN Rutherford County 137
TN Sevier County 87
TN Shelby County 422
TX Bexar County 313
TX Collin County 144
TX Dallas County 1,453
TX Denton County 96
TX Fort Bend County 78
TX Galveston County 107
TX Harris County 3,982
TX Jefferson County 81
TX Montgomery County 174
TX Tarrant County 343
TX Travis County 818
UT Salt Lake County 86
VA Alexandria city 123
VA Arlington County 89
VA Chesterfield County 206
VA Culpeper County 89
VA Fairfax County 761
VA Harrisonburg city 64
VA Henrico County 104
VA Loudoun County 143
VA Manassas city 64
VA Newport News city 92
VA Norfolk city 80
VA Prince William County 304
VA Richmond city 195
VA Roanoke city 66
WA King County 259
WA Snohomish County 85
WA Dane County 56

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

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