August 2012Vol. 13, No. 7New AFCARS Report Released
In July, the Children's Bureau posted new statistics on the numbers of children involved with the child welfare system. Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report #19 provides preliminary estimates for fiscal year (FY) 2011 and indicates that, as of September 30, 2011:
- There were 400,540 children in foster care.
- There were 104,236 children waiting to be adopted.
- The average age of children in foster care was 9.3 years.
- The largest percentage of children (47 percent) in foster care were in nonrelative foster family homes, followed by 27 percent in relative foster family homes.
- The largest percentage of children (52 percent) had reunification with parents or primary caregivers as their placement goal.
- Of the children in foster care, 41 percent were White, 27 percent were Black, and 21 percent were Hispanic.
The updated Trends report, which compiles data from FY 2002 through FY 2011, shows a substantial decline in the number of children in foster care, as well as a decline in the number of children served. The number of children served declined from 800,000 in FY 2002 to 646,000 in FY 2011. Additionally, 2011 saw the lowest number of foster care entries (252,000) since AFCARS data have been reported.
Find the latest AFCARS reports on the Children's Bureau website:
Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report #19:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/tar/report19.pdf (300 KB)
Trends in Foster Care and Adoption FY 2002–FY 2011:
http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/trends_july2012.pdf (370 KB)