Select Adoption Statistics for Kids in Foster Care

Posted May 17, 2017, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Blog Adoptedby Relatives 2017

In recog­ni­tion of Nation­al Fos­ter Care Month, the KIDS COUNT Data Cen­ter is high­light­ing key child wel­fare data on the site.

In 2015, near­ly 112,000 kids were in fos­ter care wait­ing to be adopt­ed. For these chil­dren, we know that:

  • Twen­ty-four per­cent lived in Cal­i­for­nia or Texas.
  • Twen­ty-eight per­cent had been wait­ing at least three years to be adopted.
  • Kids in Illi­nois had the longest road to adop­tion, with near­ly one in three wait­ing at least five years.

In 2015, about 53,500 kids in America’s child wel­fare sys­tem were adopt­ed into a fam­i­ly. For these chil­dren, we know that:

  • One in three was adopt­ed by a relative.
  • Fifty-six per­cent were 5 years old or younger.
  • Forty-eight per­cent fit into the racial and eth­nic cat­e­go­ry of non-His­pan­ic white. 

One par­tic­u­lar­ly encour­ag­ing sta­tis­tic? The inci­dence of rel­a­tives adopt­ing chil­dren in fos­ter care has increased 31% since 2011.

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

Chil­dren in fos­ter care wait­ing for adoption
Chil­dren in fos­ter care wait­ing for adop­tion by amount of time waiting
Chil­dren in fos­ter care wait­ing for adop­tion by age group
Chil­dren in fos­ter care wait­ing for adop­tion by race and His­pan­ic origin
Chil­dren in child wel­fare sys­tem who have been adopted
Chil­dren in child wel­fare sys­tem who have been adopt­ed by age group
Chil­dren in child wel­fare sys­tem who have been adopt­ed by pre-adop­tive rela­tion­ship with adop­tive parents
Chil­dren in child wel­fare sys­tem who have been adopt­ed by race and His­pan­ic origin

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