Exiting Without Family is a Harsh Reality for 12% of Kids Leaving Foster Care

Posted August 12, 2016
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog exitingwithoutfamily 2016

The research is clear. Those for­mer­ly in fos­ter care face an uphill road to adult­hood, and an absent con­nec­tion to fam­i­ly only steep­ens their climb.

In 2014, 12% of the 238,230 kids who tran­si­tioned out of fos­ter care did so with­out the ben­e­fit of a per­ma­nent con­nec­tion to family.

The good news is that most kids — near­ly 9 in every 10 — are depart­ing the sys­tem with a fam­i­ly tie in place. In 2014, 51% of youth exit­ing fos­ter care were uni­fied with a par­ent or pri­ma­ry care­tak­er; 21% were adopt­ed; and 9% were placed with a guardian.

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

Chil­dren exit­ing fos­ter care
Chil­dren exit­ing fos­ter care by age group
Chil­dren exit­ing fos­ter care by gender
Chil­dren exit­ing fos­ter care by race and His­pan­ic origin
Chil­dren exit­ing fos­ter care by exit reason

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