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Unaccompanied Alien Children Released to Sponsors by County

Published: September 27, 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 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 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 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 September 30, 2019. This data covers 223 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 61,779 of the 72,593 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 SEP 2019)

AL Baldwin County 56
AL Franklin County 58
AL Jefferson County 180
AL Lee County 55
AL Madison County 51
AL Marshall County 137
AL Mobile County 63
AL Montgomery County 63
AL Morgan County 68
AL Tuscaloosa County 62
AR Benton County 51
AR Pulaski County 124
AZ Maricopa County 462
CA Alameda County 673
CA Contra Costa County 286
CA Fresno County 264
CA Kern County 122
CA Los Angeles County 3,511
CA Marin County 231
CA Monterey County 146
CA Orange County 347
CA Riverside County 391
CA Sacramento County 155
CA San Bernardino County 232
CA San Diego County 242
CA San Francisco County 331
CA San Joaquin County 128
CA San Mateo County 403
CA Santa Barbara County 96
CA Santa Clara County 335
CA Solano County 64
CA Stanislaus County 56
CA Ventura County 138
CO Adams County 57
CO Arapahoe County 182
CO Denver County 99
CO El Paso County 75
CO Weld County 77
CT Fairfield County 667
CT Hartford County 68
CT New Haven County 125
DE New Castle County 70
DE Sussex County 293
FL Broward County 610
FL Collier County 334
FL Duval County 305
FL Hillsborough County 348
FL Lee County 643
FL Manatee County 148
FL Martin County 188
FL Miami-Dade County 1,695
FL Okaloosa County 68
FL Orange County 487
FL Osceola County 58
FL Palm Beach County 1,511
FL Polk County 81
FL Sarasota County 54
FL Seminole County 62
FL St. Lucie County 101
GA Chatham County 63
GA Cherokee County 134
GA Clayton County 59
GA Cobb County 233
GA DeKalb County 539
GA Fulton County 97
GA Gwinnett County 463
GA Hall County 142
GA Whitfield County 63
IA Polk County 72
IA Sioux County 61
IA Woodbury County 77
IL Champaign County 54
IL Cook County 395
IL DuPage County 128
IL Lake County 106
IN Allen County 55
IN Jackson County 71
IN Marion County 355
KS Ford County 69
KS Johnson County 87
KS Wyandotte County 138
KY Fayette County 81
KY Jefferson County 185
KY Kenton County 77
KY Warren County 63
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 338
LA Jefferson Parish 649
LA Lafayette Parish 110
LA Orleans Parish 266
LA St. Tammany Parish 92
MA Bristol County 220
MA Essex County 410
MA Hampden County 71
MA Middlesex County 393
MA Suffolk County 435
MA Worcester County 122
MD Anne Arundel County 258
MD Baltimore city 612
MD Baltimore County 486
MD Charles County 58
MD Frederick County 143
MD Howard County 128
MD Montgomery County 1,165
MD Prince George's County 1,558
MI Kent County 103
MI Wayne County 59
MN Dakota County 65
MN Hennepin County 130
MN Nobles County 129
MN Ramsey County 66
MO Jackson County 135
MO Jasper County 73
MO St. Louis County 54
MS Harrison County 69
MS Scott County 89
NC Buncombe County 51
NC Burke County 70
NC Duplin County 54
NC Durham County 227
NC Forsyth County 67
NC Guilford County 72
NC Mecklenburg County 815
NC New Hanover County 66
NC Robeson County 55
NC Wake County 300
NC Wayne County 73
NE Douglas County 227
NE Hall County 74
NJ Atlantic County 68
NJ Bergen County 386
NJ Camden County 135
NJ Cumberland County 74
NJ Essex County 548
NJ Hudson County 463
NJ Mercer County 561
NJ Middlesex County 230
NJ Monmouth County 123
NJ Morris County 339
NJ Ocean County 85
NJ Passaic County 181
NJ Somerset County 87
NJ Union County 792
NV Clark County 260
NV Washoe County 53
NY Bronx County 441
NY Dutchess County 76
NY Kings County 838
NY Nassau County 1,116
NY New York County 79
NY Orange County 158
NY Putnam County 66
NY Queens County 1,104
NY Richmond County 54
NY Rockland County 364
NY Suffolk County 1,479
NY Westchester County 414
OH Butler County 80
OH Franklin County 236
OH Hamilton County 368
OH Montgomery County 52
OH Stark County 67
OH Tuscarawas County 97
OK Oklahoma County 232
OK Tulsa County 217
OR Marion County 56
OR Multnomah County 79
OR Washington County 79
PA Allegheny County 62
PA Bucks County 78
PA Chester County 113
PA Delaware County 111
PA Montgomery County 100
PA Philadelphia County 452
RI Providence County 408
SC Beaufort County 64
SC Berkeley County 69
SC Charleston County 103
SC Greenville County 228
SC Horry County 96
SC Lexington County 86
SC Richland County 72
SD Minnehaha County 53
TN Davidson County 765
TN Hamblen County 59
TN Hamilton County 234
TN Knox County 162
TN Putnam County 64
TN Rutherford County 103
TN Sevier County 92
TN Shelby County 342
TX Bexar County 322
TX Brazos County 89
TX Collin County 158
TX Dallas County 1,553
TX Denton County 141
TX Fort Bend County 111
TX Galveston County 127
TX Harris County 4,985
TX Hidalgo County 62
TX Jefferson County 84
TX Montgomery County 198
TX Tarrant County 361
TX Travis County 767
UT Salt Lake County 83
VA Alexandria city 216
VA Arlington County 176
VA Chesapeake city 53
VA Chesterfield County 226
VA Culpeper County 91
VA Fairfax County 1,311
VA Harrisonburg city 77
VA Henrico County 159
VA Loudoun County 248
VA Manassas city 103
VA Newport News city 67
VA Norfolk city 100
VA Prince William County 484
VA Richmond city 269
VA Roanoke city 84
VA Spotsylvania County 58
VA Virginia Beach city 58
WA King County 327
WA Snohomish County 87


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

Last Reviewed: October 31, 2019