• November 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 10

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New AFCARS Report Released

The Children's Bureau recently posted new statistics on the numbers of children involved with the child welfare system. Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report #21 provides preliminary estimates for fiscal year (FY) 2013 and indicates that, as of September 30, 2013:

  • There were 402,378 children in foster care.
  • There were 101,840 children waiting to be adopted.
  • The average age of children in foster care was 8.9 years.
  • The largest percentage of children (47 percent) in foster care were in nonrelative foster family homes, followed by 28 percent in relative foster family homes.
  • The largest percentage of children (53 percent) had reunification with parents or primary caregivers as their placement goal.
  • Of the children in foster care, 42 percent were White, 24 percent were Black, and 22 percent were Hispanic.

The updated Trends report, which compiles data from FY 2002 through FY 2014, shows a substantial decline in the number of children in foster care over the years. However, 2013 shows a slight increase over the prior year, from 397,000 in FY 2012 to 402,000 in FY 2013.

Find the latest AFCARS reports on the Children's Bureau website:

Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report #21:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/afcars-report-21

Trends in Foster Care and Adoption FY 2002–FY 2014:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/trends_fostercare_adoption2013.pdf (128 KB)

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