America’s Foster Care Population Grew for Third Straight Year

Posted April 18, 2017, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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The nation’s fos­ter care pop­u­la­tion has swelled to 428,000 chil­dren — its largest size since 2008, accord­ing to the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

The total num­ber of kids in care nation­wide fell from 2005 to 2012 before revers­ing course and inch­ing high­er for each of the last three years on record.

In these last three years, 37 states have seen a rise in their fos­ter care num­bers. Five states that report­ed the great­est per­cent change increase were: Indi­ana (50%), Mon­tana (45%), Geor­gia (43%), Alas­ka (40%) and Min­neso­ta (40%).

One sta­tis­ti­cal bright spot worth not­ing: Despite the three-year uptick, the num­ber of kids in care in 2015 — the lat­est full year that data is avail­able — is still 16% small­er than a decade prior.

Vis­it the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter for more child wel­fare data at the nation­al and state level:

Chil­dren 0 to 17 in fos­ter care
Chil­dren in fos­ter care
Chil­dren in fos­ter care by age group
Chil­dren in fos­ter care by gender
Chil­dren in fos­ter care by race and His­pan­ic origin
Chil­dren in fos­ter care by place­ment type
Chil­dren in fos­ter care with more than two placements
Chil­dren in fos­ter care with two or more place­ments by race and His­pan­ic origin

Chil­dren 0 to 17 enter­ing fos­ter care Chil­dren enter­ing fos­ter care
Chil­dren enter­ing fos­ter care by age group
Chil­dren enter­ing fos­ter care by gender
Chil­dren enter­ing fos­ter care by race and His­pan­ic origin

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