2016 Saw More Children In Foster Care And More Adopted.
Published: Fall 2017
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North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
This article reports that as of September 30, 2016, there were 437,465 foster children, up from 427,444 in 2015. It notes that during fiscal year 2016, more than 273,000 children entered care and only about 250,000 exited, and the primary reason for entry was neglect (61%), followed by a parent's drug use (34%). More than 80% of the foster children were in foster or pre-adoptive families, with 32% in relative foster families, there were 57,208 adoptions from public agencies, an increase over the last few years, reunification remained the primary reason children left foster care, and the number of children waiting to be adopted increased to 117,794. Additional statistics are presented.
foster children; statistics; adoption; trend analysis; substance abusing parents; family reunification; child placement; kinship care