More Children in Foster Care Raised by Relatives in 2011

Posted May 1, 2013, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

In 2011, there were about 400,000 children in foster care. Of these, 47% were placed in nonrelative foster homes, 27% with state-supervised kin and 14% in group homes or institutions. Data show states are relying on kinship care at a much higher rate than in the past. In fact, over the last decade, the percentage of children living with state-supervised kin rose by 8%, while the use of group homes declined by 22%. Virginia, Kentucky and South Carolina had the lowest rates 7% of children in foster care living with kin while Hawaii had the highest 46%.

Percentage of Children in Foster Care Placed with Relatives (2011)

See the Out of Home Placement section of the KIDS COUNT Data Center to access data for the nation, states and the District of Columbia:

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