Foster Care Numbers Up For Fifth Straight Year, Federal Data Shows.
Boo, Mary. Libertin, Anna.
Published: Fall 2018
, No. 3 , p. 1-3
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
This article reports that as of September 30, 2017, there were 442,995 children in foster care, a 1.5% increase from 2016 and a 9.6% increase from 2013. The primary reason for entering care was neglect, followed by parents’ drug use. Additional statistics indicate the percentage of children in congregate care rose from 12% in 2016 to 13% in 2017; 56% of foster children had a case plan of family reunification, and another 3% had a kinship care plan; children remained in care for 20 months on average, although 15% had been in care for three or more years; and foster care adoptions rose from 57,209 in 2016 to 59,430 in 2017.
foster children; adoption; family reunification; length of stay; trend analysis; statistics