More Children in Foster Care Raised by Relatives in 2011
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%.