Most Kids Exit Foster Care to Live with Parents, Relatives and Guardians

Posted May 1, 2015
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog Child Exiting Foster Care3 2015

In 2013, a total of 238,547 chil­dren exit­ed the fos­ter care sys­tem. Of those, 45% were white, 24% African Amer­i­can and 20% Lati­no. Two out of three (66%) of those exit­ing care were either reuni­fied with their par­ents or pri­ma­ry care­tak­ers, oth­er rel­a­tives or guardians; and 21% were adopt­ed. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, 12% of kids exit­ed with­out a doc­u­ment­ed con­nec­tion to a fam­i­ly (of these 10% left with­out legal per­ma­nence, either eman­ci­pat­ing or aging out of the sys­tem, and 2% were trans­ferred to anoth­er agency).

Hav­ing a con­nec­tion to a fam­i­ly is crit­i­cal for a child’s well-being. Youth from fos­ter care who are not con­nect­ed to fam­i­lies should be pro­vid­ed with ser­vices to sup­port their tran­si­tion into adulthood.

Explore the lat­est data on fos­ter care place­ments on the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter:

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