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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 May 31, 2018.  This data covers 100 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 16,368 of the 23,543 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 county

State County

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

AL Jefferson County 70
AL Marshall County 66
AZ Maricopa County 173
CA Alameda County 369
CA Contra Costa County 91
CA Fresno County 94
CA Kern County 51
CA Los Angeles County 1,281
CA Marin County 67
CA Monterey County 65
CA Orange County 97
CA Riverside County 163
CA Sacramento County 54
CA San Bernardino County 72
CA San Diego County 151
CA San Francisco County 127
CA San Joaquin County 60
CA San Mateo County 182
CA Santa Barbara County 54
CA Santa Clara County 117
CA Ventura County 53
CT Fairfield County 140
DE Sussex County 140
FL Broward County 206
FL Collier County 169
FL Duval County 98
FL Hillsborough County 135
FL Lee County 357
FL Manatee County 54
FL Martin County 78
FL Miami-Dade County 574
FL Orange County 191
FL Palm Beach County 623
GA Cherokee County 85
GA Cobb County 83
GA DeKalb County 180
GA Gwinnett County 112
GA Hall County 55
IL Cook County 124
IL DuPage County 83
IN Marion County 86
KS Wyandotte County 64
KY Jefferson County 62
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 122
LA Jefferson Parish 164
LA Orleans Parish 114
MA Bristol County 89
MA Essex County 178
MA Middlesex County 94
MA Suffolk County 114
MD Anne Arundel County 53
MD Baltimore city 149
MD Baltimore County 124
MD Montgomery County 207
MD Prince George's County 361
MS Scott County 54
NC Durham County 57
NC Mecklenburg County 182
NC Wake County 109
NE Douglas County 106
NJ Bergen County 163
NJ Essex County 116
NJ Hudson County 156
NJ Mercer County 128
NJ Middlesex County 76
NJ Morris County 81
NJ Passaic County 59
NJ Union County 292
NV Clark County 82
NY Bronx County 117
NY Kings County 303
NY Nassau County 227
NY Queens County 469
NY Rockland County 67
NY Suffolk County 307
NY Westchester County 142
OH Franklin County 51
OH Hamilton County 143
OH Tuscarawas County 57
OK Oklahoma County 60
OK Tulsa County 70
PA Philadelphia County 124
RI Providence County 144
SC Greenville County 84
TN Davidson County 240
TN Hamilton County 105
TN Knox County 56
TN Shelby County 153
TX Bexar County 73
TX Dallas County 367
TX Harris County 1,379
TX Montgomery County 56
TX Tarrant County 80
TX Travis County 178
VA Chesterfield County 76
VA Fairfax County 314
VA Prince William County 100
VA Richmond city 88
WA King County 95
WA Mason County 57

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: June 28, 2018