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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). 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 2018 (since October 1, 2017) as of July 31, 2018. This data covers 113 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 21,450 of the 29,928 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 2018
(through July 2018)

AL Jefferson County 88
AL Marshall County 75
AZ Maricopa County 206
CA Alameda County 446
CA Contra Costa County 111
CA Fresno County 119
CA Kern County 58
CA Los Angeles County 1,560
CA Marin County 89
CA Monterey County 74
CA Orange County 124
CA Riverside County 197
CA Sacramento County 61
CA San Bernardino County 89
CA San Diego County 186
CA San Francisco County 162
CA San Joaquin County 75
CA San Mateo County 220
CA Santa Barbara County 63
CA Santa Clara County 156
CA Ventura County 64
CO Arapahoe County 52
CT Fairfield County 176
DE Sussex County 166
FL Broward County 261
FL Collier County 207
FL Duval County 120
FL Hillsborough County 172
FL Lee County 435
FL Manatee County 68
FL Martin County 101
FL Miami-Dade County 715
FL Orange County 222
FL Palm Beach County 782
FL Seminole County 50
GA Cherokee County 96
GA Cobb County 107
GA DeKalb County 227
GA Gwinnett County 149
GA Hall County 68
IL Cook County 158
IL DuPage County 93
IN Marion County 112
KS Ford County 51
KS Wyandotte County 70
KY Jefferson County 80
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 164
LA Jefferson Parish 222
LA Orleans Parish 142
MA Bristol County 106
MA Essex County 219
MA Middlesex County 137
MA Suffolk County 156
MD Anne Arundel County 73
MD Baltimore city 190
MD Baltimore County 151
MD Howard County 52
MD Montgomery County 301
MD Prince George's County 479
MO Jackson County 56
MS Scott County 69
NC Durham County 79
NC Mecklenburg County 265
NC Wake County 133
NE Douglas County 134
NJ Bergen County 200
NJ Essex County 162
NJ Hudson County 188
NJ Mercer County 172
NJ Middlesex County 92
NJ Morris County 119
NJ Passaic County 75
NJ Union County 371
NV Clark County 104
NY Bronx County 161
NY Kings County 394
NY Nassau County 305
NY Orange County 66
NY Queens County 587
NY Rockland County 92
NY Suffolk County 389
NY Westchester County 176
OH Franklin County 65
OH Hamilton County 181
OH Tuscarawas County 62
OK Oklahoma County 77
OK Tulsa County 89
PA Montgomery County 54
PA Philadelphia County 173
RI Providence County 174
SC Greenville County 106
SC Horry County 60
TN Davidson County 307
TN Hamilton County 130
TN Knox County 66
TN Rutherford County 50
TN Shelby County 193
TX Bexar County 105
TX Cameron County 50
TX Dallas County 486
TX Harris County 1,766
TX Montgomery County 79
TX Tarrant County 103
TX Travis County 222
VA Alexandria city 65
VA Chesterfield County 101
VA Fairfax County 396
VA Henrico County 57
VA Loudoun County 66
VA Prince William County 123
VA Richmond city 112
WA King County 124
WA Mason County 66


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: August 30, 2018