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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 September 30, 2018. This data covers 125 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 25,562 of the 34,815 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 september 2018)

AL Franklin County 54
AL Jefferson County 98
AL Marshall County 83
AL Tuscaloosa County 52
AR Pulaski County 55
AZ Maricopa County 242
CA Alameda County 504
CA Contra Costa County 137
CA Fresno County 132
CA Kern County 63
CA Los Angeles County 1,810
CA Marin County 106
CA Monterey County 93
CA Orange County 150
CA Riverside County 236
CA Sacramento County 68
CA San Bernardino County 104
CA San Diego County 213
CA San Francisco County 180
CA San Joaquin County 89
CA San Mateo County 244
CA Santa Barbara County 69
CA Santa Clara County 169
CA Ventura County 75
CO Arapahoe County 62
CT Fairfield County 209
DE Sussex County 191
FL Broward County 304
FL Collier County 233
FL Duval County 140
FL Hillsborough County 188
FL Lee County 494
FL Manatee County 80
FL Martin County 124
FL Miami-Dade County 819
FL Orange County 254
FL Palm Beach County 902
FL Polk County 51
FL Seminole County 59
GA Cherokee County 106
GA Cobb County 128
GA DeKalb County 253
GA Gwinnett County 175
GA Hall County 74
IL Cook County 195
IL DuPage County 99
IN Marion County 132
KS Ford County 59
KS Wyandotte County 79
KY Jefferson County 94
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 189
LA Jefferson Parish 261
LA Orleans Parish 166
MA Bristol County 121
MA Essex County 246
MA Middlesex County 158
MA Suffolk County 178
MD Anne Arundel County 89
MD Baltimore city 221
MD Baltimore County 178
MD Frederick County 54
MD Howard County 69
MD Montgomery County 356
MD Prince George's County 571
MN Nobles County 53
MO Jackson County 62
MS Scott County 81
NC Durham County 96
NC Mecklenburg County 322
NC Wake County 148
NE Douglas County 157
NJ Bergen County 230
NJ Essex County 180
NJ Hudson County 215
NJ Mercer County 195
NJ Middlesex County 113
NJ Morris County 137
NJ Passaic County 84
NJ Union County 420
NV Clark County 119
NY Bronx County 191
NY Kings County 452
NY Nassau County 378
NY Orange County 76
NY Queens County 673
NY Rockland County 109
NY Suffolk County 452
NY Westchester County 210
OH Franklin County 81
OH Hamilton County 213
OH Tuscarawas County 66
OK Oklahoma County 95
OK Tulsa County 97
PA Chester County 51
PA Montgomery County 69
PA Philadelphia County 206
RI Providence County 208
SC Charleston County 51
SC Greenville County 120
SC Horry County 74
SC Lexington County 51
TN Davidson County 366
TN Hamilton County 143
TN Knox County 78
TN Rutherford County 57
TN Shelby County 212
TX Bexar County 124
TX Cameron County 56
TX Dallas County 595
TX Galveston County 51
TX Harris County 2,079
TX Jefferson County 56
TX Montgomery County 95
TX Tarrant County 126
TX Travis County 266
VA Alexandria city 75
VA Arlington County 54
VA Chesterfield County 119
VA Fairfax County 460
VA Henrico County 63
VA Loudoun County 80
VA Prince William County 149
VA Richmond city 125
WA King County 142
WA Mason County 69

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: October 25, 2018