More than 240,000 children exited the foster care system in 2015, according to the KIDS COUNT Data Center.
When researchers adopted a broad definition of family — one that is inclusive of birth parents, guardians, relatives, primary caregivers and adopted parents — they found that most of the kids who left care in 2015 (88%) exited to family.
They also found that:
63% were 10 years old or younger;
52% were male;
45% were white;
51% unified with their parents or primary caretakers; and
12% left the system without a connection to a permanent family.
To learn more about kids exiting foster care — and view data at the state and national level — go to the KIDS COUNT Data Center: