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September 2021Vol. 22, No. 8Resource Provides State, National Data on Child Welfare Statistics

Child Trends has an interactive online tool that compiles state and national statistics on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregiving, and adoption from foster care. The resource can help state policymakers understand how many young people came into contact with the child welfare system and compare their statistics with their peers in other states as well as nationwide data.

The following are examples of data points available through the online tool:
  • Child maltreatment
    • Child abuse and neglect referral and investigation numbers and rates
    • Demographics of maltreatment victims
    • Percentage of victims and nonvictims who received postresponse services
  • Foster care
    • Foster care entry reasons
    • Case plan goals for children in foster care
    • Outcomes of children exiting foster care
  • Adoption from foster care
    • Age distribution of children adopted and waiting to be adopted from foster care 
    • Transracial adoption data
    • Relationship of adoptive parent to child
  • Kinship caregiving
    • Number of children in foster care whose most recent placement was with a relative foster family
    • The average length of time in foster care before exiting to guardianship or living with relatives
    • Funding for guardianship 
Find the online resource, State-Level Data for Understanding Child Welfare in the United States, on the Child Trends website.