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Unaccompanied Alien 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 alien 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 alien 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 alien 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 alien children released to sponsors by the counties/county equivalents where the sponsors live, where 50 or more children have been released for FY 2019 (since October 1, 2018) as of March 31, 2019. This data covers 113 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 22,346 of the 30,498 total children released to sponsors in this period. ACF will update this data each month.

NOTE: This monthly data reflects all UAC referred from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It does not delineate the subset of UAC referred under the recently enacted Zero Tolerance, 100 percent prosecution of illegal immigration cases. While we understand the interest in detailed breakdowns of this information, our mission has been and remains to provide every minor transferred to HHS, regardless of the circumstances, with quality and age-appropriate care and a speedy and safe release to a sponsor. 

View unaccompanied alien children released to sponsors by state

State County

Total Number of UAC Released  to Sponsors in FY 2019
(through MARCH 2019)

AL Jefferson County 71
AL Marshall County 65
AR Pulaski County 51
AZ Maricopa County 216
CA Alameda County 307
CA Contra Costa County 141
CA Fresno County 99
CA Los Angeles County 1,469
CA Marin County 94
CA Monterey County 62
CA Orange County 147
CA Riverside County 200
CA Sacramento County 70
CA San Bernardino County 97
CA San Diego County 116
CA San Francisco County 129
CA San Joaquin County 59
CA San Mateo County 189
CA Santa Clara County 137
CA Ventura County 59
CO Arapahoe County 72
CT Fairfield County 257
CT New Haven County 51
DE Sussex County 144
FL Broward County 293
FL Collier County 167
FL Duval County 141
FL Hillsborough County 150
FL Lee County 345
FL Manatee County 70
FL Martin County 104
FL Miami-Dade County 799
FL Orange County 228
FL Palm Beach County 794
FL St. Lucie County 50
GA Cherokee County 69
GA Cobb County 101
GA DeKalb County 229
GA Gwinnett County 189
GA Hall County 66
IL Cook County 161
IL DuPage County 80
IN Jackson County 52
IN Marion County 145
KS Wyandotte County 67
KY Jefferson County 86
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 164
LA Jefferson Parish 274
LA Orleans Parish 110
MA Bristol County 105
MA Essex County 167
MA Middlesex County 140
MA Suffolk County 152
MD Anne Arundel County 85
MD Baltimore city 291
MD Baltimore County 184
MD Frederick County 60
MD Howard County 62
MD Montgomery County 449
MD Prince George's County 619
MN Nobles County 67
NC Durham County 84
NC Mecklenburg County 329
NC Wake County 131
NE Douglas County 109
NJ Bergen County 182
NJ Camden County 55
NJ Essex County 171
NJ Hudson County 171
NJ Mercer County 227
NJ Middlesex County 84
NJ Morris County 133
NJ Passaic County 75
NJ Union County 357
NV Clark County 100
NY Bronx County 169
NY Kings County 343
NY Nassau County 364
NY Orange County 59
NY Queens County 467
NY Rockland County 128
NY Suffolk County 501
NY Westchester County 160
OH Franklin County 90
OH Hamilton County 179
OH Tuscarawas County 52
OK Oklahoma County 78
OK Tulsa County 86
PA Chester County 54
PA Philadelphia County 190
RI Providence County 186
SC Charleston County 50
SC Greenville County 108
TN Davidson County 312
TN Hamilton County 118
TN Knox County 63
TN Shelby County 139
TX Bexar County 143
TX Collin County 61
TX Dallas County 583
TX Harris County 1,965
TX Montgomery County 80
TX Tarrant County 131
TX Travis County 307
VA Alexandria city 79
VA Arlington County 72
VA Chesterfield County 108
VA Fairfax County 518
VA Henrico County 59
VA Loudoun County 84
VA Prince William County 166
VA Richmond city 120
WA King County 149


See the FY18 county level data
See the FY17 county level data
See the FY16 county level data
See the FY15 county level data
See the FY14 county level data

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

Last Reviewed: April 25, 2019