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Unaccompanied Alien Children Released to Sponsors by County

Published: June 30, 2017

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) in HHS’ Administration for Children and Families. HHS’ primary legal authority is to temporarily house, feed, provide medical care and then safely release UAC to sponsors (usually family members), while they await immigration proceedings.  

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 UAC 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 UAC by maintaining the confidentiality of their personal information. These children may have histories of abuse or may be seeking safety from threats of violence. Many have been trafficked or smuggled. HHS cannot release information about individual UAC 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 2018 (since October 1, 2017) as of April 30, 2018. This data covers 85 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 12,983 of the 19,658 total children released to sponsors in this period. ACF will update this data each month. NOTE: Data does not specifically reflect referrals from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s recently enacted 100 percent prosecution policy of illegal immigration cases. 

See the state-by-state data.

State County

Total Number of UAC Released  to Sponsors in FY 2018
(through April 2018)

AL Jefferson County 64
AL Marshall County 53
AZ Maricopa County 146
CA Alameda County 307
CA Contra Costa County 68
CA Fresno County 80
CA Los Angeles County 1,107
CA Marin County 59
CA Orange County 88
CA Riverside County 136
CA San Bernardino County 60
CA San Diego County 137
CA San Francisco County 118
CA San Mateo County 154
CA Santa Clara County 105
CT Fairfield County 121
DE Sussex County 122
FL Broward County 168
FL Collier County 142
FL Duval County 84
FL Hillsborough County 117
FL Lee County 309
FL Martin County 64
FL Miami-Dade County 474
FL Orange County 148
FL Palm Beach County 519
GA Cherokee County 69
GA Cobb County 66
GA DeKalb County 146
GA Gwinnett County 97
IL Cook County 104
IL DuPage County 69
IN Marion County 68
KS Wyandotte County 58
KY Jefferson County 51
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 98
LA Jefferson Parish 126
LA Orleans Parish 92
MA Bristol County 76
MA Essex County 141
MA Middlesex County 76
MA Suffolk County 94
MD Baltimore city 130
MD Baltimore County 107
MD Montgomery County 173
MD Prince George's County 278
NC Mecklenburg County 141
NC Wake County 93
NE Douglas County 89
NJ Bergen County 141
NJ Essex County 93
NJ Hudson County 129
NJ Mercer County 106
NJ Middlesex County 62
NJ Morris County 64
NJ Union County 244
NV Clark County 68
NY Bronx County 100
NY Kings County 252
NY Nassau County 186
NY Queens County 403
NY Rockland County 55
NY Suffolk County 258
NY Westchester County 119
OH Hamilton County 120
OK Oklahoma County 53
OK Tulsa County 57
PA Philadelphia County 94
RI Providence County 118
SC Greenville County 78
TN Davidson County 202
TN Hamilton County 90
TN Shelby County 129
TX Bexar County 61
TX Dallas County 290
TX Harris County 1,127
TX Montgomery County 52
TX Tarrant County 67
TX Travis County 138
VA Chesterfield County 64
VA Fairfax County 275
VA Prince William County 85
VA Richmond city 75
WA King County 82
WA Mason County 54

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: May 31, 2018