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Dec/Jan 2007Vol. 7, No. 9New AFCARS Reports

The Children's Bureau website has recently posted several new reports on national adoption and foster care statistics as part of its ongoing Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).

  • AFCARS Report #12 provides final estimates on national adoption and foster care numbers for FY 1998–FY 2002. This replaces AFCARS Reports #1–9.
  • AFCARS Report #13 provides preliminary estimates of adoption and foster care statistics for FY 2005, based on data available in September 2006.
  • Trends in Foster Care and Adoption presents a graphic representation of trends for the period FY 2000–FY 2005. The data indicate that the number of children in foster care and the number awaiting adoption have decreased, while the number achieving adoption has remained relatively steady.

Using case data submitted by all States, AFCARS provides the most comprehensive national statistics on adoption and foster care. To view the latest reports, visit the Children's Bureau webpage on statistics and research:

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To learn about other updates on the Children's Bureau website, see "New! On the Children's Bureau Site" in the News From the Children's Bureau section of this issue.