Children in Foster Care

Summary: Children in foster care, awaiting adoption, exited or adopted from foster care

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This database reports the number ofchildren in foster care, those awaiting adoption, and those that have exited or been adopted from foster care.  2008 data are not available.  Some 2009 data are preliminary. 

  • The category ages 16 to 20 years includes children waiting to be adopted ages 16 to 17 years only.
  • The category two or more races began in 2000. Data represent persons who selected this race group only and exclude persons reporting more than one race.
  • Hispanic origin may be of any race.

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Geographic Coverage: U.S.

Periodicity: Annually

Series Begins/Ends: 2000 - 2021

Source (APA): RAND State Statistics. (2023, January 20). Children in Foster Care.
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Derived From: U.S. Bureau of the Census

Updated:  Jan. 20, 2023 Estimated next update: Jan. 20, 2024

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