Most Kids Exiting Foster Care Reunited With Family in 2016

Posted September 13, 2018
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Top five reason children exited foster care in 2016

The lat­est sta­tis­tics on chil­dren exit­ing fos­ter care are encour­ag­ing — and they align with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s long­stand­ing belief that fam­i­lies belong together.

In 2016, 250,200 kids exit­ed the U.S. fos­ter care sys­tem. Most of these chil­dren (66%) were reunit­ed with a fam­i­ly mem­ber — a group that includes par­ents and pri­ma­ry care­givers (50%), guardians (9%) and rel­a­tives (7%). Approx­i­mate­ly one in every four kids exit­ing care was adopted.

The major­i­ty of chil­dren depart­ing fos­ter care in 2016 were young: 40% were between the ages of 0 and 5 and 64% had not yet cel­e­brat­ed their 11th birthday.

Near­ly half (45%) of kids exit­ing care were white.

More Fos­ter Care Exit Data

Explore more child wel­fare data — at the nation­al and state lev­el — in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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