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Unaccompanied Alien Children Released to Sponsors by County

Published: August 29, 2019

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 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 July 31, 2019. This data covers 202 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 45,043 of the 63,468 total children released to sponsors in this period. ACF will update this data each month. See the state-by-state data.

State County

Total Number of UC Released to Sponsors in FY19
(thru JuLY 19)

AL Franklin County 54
AL Jefferson County 161
AL Marshall County 120
AL Mobile County 57
AL Montgomery County 57
AL Morgan County 64
AL Tuscaloosa County 58
AR Pulaski County 100
AZ Maricopa County 419
CA Alameda County 581
CA Contra Costa County 253
CA Fresno County 220
CA Kern County 102
CA Los Angeles County 3,057
CA Marin County 193
CA Monterey County 127
CA Orange County 297
CA Riverside County 355
CA Sacramento County 133
CA San Bernardino County 200
CA San Diego County 216
CA San Francisco County 285
CA San Joaquin County 112
CA San Mateo County 342
CA Santa Barbara County 88
CA Santa Clara County 297
CA Ventura County 121
CO Arapahoe County 154
CO Denver County 82
CO El Paso County 67
CO Weld County 69
CT Fairfield County 598
CT Hartford County 65
CT New Haven County 103
DE New Castle County 62
DE Sussex County 257
FL Broward County 553
FL Collier County 312
FL Duval County 277
FL Hillsborough County 296
FL Lee County 594
FL Manatee County 130
FL Martin County 167
FL Miami-Dade County 1,528
FL Orange County 435
FL Palm Beach County 1,395
FL Polk County 74
FL Seminole County 54
FL St. Lucie County 91
GA Chatham County 56
GA Cherokee County 126
GA Cobb County 208
GA DeKalb County 473
GA Fulton County 81
GA Gwinnett County 414
GA Hall County 135
GA Whitfield County 58
IA Polk County 65
IA Sioux County 54
IA Woodbury County 71
IL Cook County 351
IL DuPage County 116
IL Lake County 87
IN Allen County 52
IN Jackson County 68
IN Marion County 306
KS Ford County 63
KS Johnson County 76
KS Wyandotte County 125
KY Fayette County 73
KY Jefferson County 171
KY Kenton County 69
KY Warren County 54
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 310
LA Jefferson Parish 576
LA Lafayette Parish 91
LA Orleans Parish 241
LA St. Tammany Parish 81
MA Bristol County 188
MA Essex County 364
MA Hampden County 64
MA Middlesex County 338
MA Suffolk County 379
MA Worcester County 108
MD Anne Arundel County 224
MD Baltimore city 542
MD Baltimore County 429
MD Charles County 57
MD Frederick County 121
MD Howard County 115
MD Montgomery County 1,015
MD Prince George's County 1,372
MI Kent County 94
MI Wayne County 51
MN Dakota County 60
MN Hennepin County 101
MN Nobles County 118
MN Ramsey County 57
MO Jackson County 112
MO Jasper County 68
MS Harrison County 64
MS Scott County 85
NC Burke County 62
NC Durham County 196
NC Forsyth County 59
NC Guilford County 60
NC Mecklenburg County 723
NC New Hanover County 59
NC Wake County 251
NC Wayne County 62
NE Douglas County 216
NE Hall County 63
NJ Atlantic County 56
NJ Bergen County 351
NJ Camden County 124
NJ Cumberland County 61
NJ Essex County 448
NJ Hudson County 401
NJ Mercer County 492
NJ Middlesex County 195
NJ Monmouth County 101
NJ Morris County 283
NJ Ocean County 71
NJ Passaic County 155
NJ Somerset County 78
NJ Union County 698
NV Clark County 222
NY Bronx County 371
NY Dutchess County 68
NY Kings County 735
NY Nassau County 951
NY New York County 65
NY Orange County 136
NY Putnam County 54
NY Queens County 923
NY Rockland County 305
NY Suffolk County 1,293
NY Westchester County 344
OH Butler County 70
OH Franklin County 200
OH Hamilton County 332
OH Stark County 65
OH Tuscarawas County 93
OK Oklahoma County 198
OK Tulsa County 185
OR Marion County 51
OR Multnomah County 74
OR Washington County 68
PA Allegheny County 57
PA Bucks County 68
PA Chester County 100
PA Delaware County 93
PA Montgomery County 85
PA Philadelphia County 391
RI Providence County 379
SC Beaufort County 50
SC Berkeley County 65
SC Charleston County 92
SC Greenville County 204
SC Horry County 85
SC Lexington County 74
SC Richland County 64
TN Davidson County 670
TN Hamblen County 52
TN Hamilton County 219
TN Knox County 135
TN Putnam County 59
TN Rutherford County 92
TN Sevier County 77
TN Shelby County 305
TX Bexar County 276
TX Brazos County 79
TX Collin County 131
TX Dallas County 1,323
TX Denton County 120
TX Fort Bend County 91
TX Galveston County 114
TX Harris County 4,346
TX Hidalgo County 56
TX Jefferson County 73
TX Montgomery County 161
TX Tarrant County 305
TX Travis County 648
UT Salt Lake County 64
VA Alexandria city 178
VA Arlington County 163
VA Chesapeake city 50
VA Chesterfield County 198
VA Culpeper County 80
VA Fairfax County 1,134
VA Harrisonburg city 68
VA Henrico County 135
VA Loudoun County 209
VA Manassas city 81
VA Newport News city 58
VA Norfolk city 84
VA Prince William County 400
VA Richmond city 238
VA Roanoke city 78
VA Virginia Beach city 53
WA King County 279
WA Snohomish County 77

 

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

Last Reviewed: August 29, 2019