Foster Care Population Rises Again in 2015.
Published: Fall 2016
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North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
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St. Paul, MN 55114
National data is reported indicating that during fiscal year 2015 almost 270,000 children entered care and only about 243,000 existed, representing the ne highest number of entries to care since 2008 when 280,000 children entered care. It is reported that the primary reason for entry was neglect, followed by a parent’s drug use. The average age of a foster child was just over eight and a half years old, and 30% were at least 13 years old. State data and exit data are also reported.
foster children; statistics; age factors; Removing child from home; child neglect; adoption; family reunification; DEMOGRAPHY