In the United States, more than 442,000 children were in foster care in 2017 — the most recent year of data on record. The total number of kids in care has increased annually since 2011.
Foster care is a temporary living situation for children whose parents cannot take care of them. While in care, children may live with relatives, with foster families or in group facilities. There are four ways children can leave foster care for permanent homes: Reunification with birth parents, adoption, guardianship, and placement with relatives. Among children exiting foster care each year, about half — nearly 122,000 kids in 2017 — are reunited with a parent or primary caretaker.
Fifteen young people who make up a new state youth advisory council for South Carolina’s Department of Social Services are collaborating with the agency to develop solutions that improve the lives of children, young people and their families.
A new fact sheet helps states calculate the number of older youths, ages 14 through 26, who qualify for assistance through the recent federal stimulus package, which includes relief for young people in and transitioning out of foster care.
A recent survey of national trends in child welfare funding and agency spending finds that out-of-home placements continue to be a greater financing priority than preventive services. Read to learn how agencies can evaluate and prioritize spending to improve outcomes.
What do we know about youth and young adult homelessness today? The Annie E. Casey Foundation explores studies and policy papers from Voices of Youth Count, an initiative of Chapin Hall, to answer some key questions.
Adopted children and their families face a distinct and elevated risk of difficulties. New research has singled out a training model that can help. Read more to learn about the Training for Adoption Competency.
Three sites with the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative are participating in a college readiness pilot, called Fostering Higher Education, aimed at supporting the transition from high school to college among youth who have experienced foster care.
South Carolina is leading an ambitious statewide effort to bolster and expand family support services — aiming to reduce reliance on the child protection system. Learn about the new approach.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently cohosted a webinar series — "The Unlearning of Child Welfare: A National Conversation to Advance Child and Family Well-Being" — to foster discussion about what is needed to rebuild the child welfare system.
For the first time, the Annie E. Casey Foundation is making data from its Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative available to select researchers. Learn how to apply and what type of data is available on young people in foster care.