On any given day, there are nearly one half-million children in foster care in the United States. The ideal result for these children is to be placed in a strong, supportive family over being placed in an institution or group home. New data available on the KIDS COUNT Data Center highlight the progress made by many states to increase the rates of children in foster care who are living with families. Child placement is the most critical issue facing public child welfare systems, and monitoring the trends is important in determining the focus and efforts of these systems.

May 1, 2011

KIDS COUNT Data Snapshots

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why placement for foster care children matters.

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    The different types of placement for children in foster care.

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    The variations and trends in foster care placement by state.

Key Takeaway

Over the past decade, the percentage of the foster care population in group homes has increased in only nine states.

Majority of state child welfare systems have reduced their reliance on group and institutional foster care settings over the past decade. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations