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Perhaps the most noticeable shift with the SFY 2012 data is the marked increase in the proportion of all spending from local dollars. After hovering around 11 percent or 12 percent each year since the survey’s initiation in SFY 1996, in SFY 2012 we see an uptick in the local share of total child welfare dollars— representing more than 16 percent of all expenditures that year.

Statistics Source:

New AFCARS Report Released

The Children's Bureau recently posted new statistics on the numbers of children involved with the child welfare system. Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report #22 provides preliminary estimates for fiscal year (FY) 2014 and indicates that, as of September 30, 2014:

  • There were 415,129 children in foster care. (NOTE INCREASE)

  • There were 107,918 children waiting to be adopted.

  • The average age of children in foster care was 8.7 years.

  • The largest percentage of children (46 percent) in foster care were in nonrelative foster family homes, followed by 29 percent in relative foster family homes.

PROVIDED BY: U.S. Department of Healthand Human Services, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201

How many children are in foster care?

  As of September 30, 2013 = 402,378 Male 52% Female 48%

  • Pre-Adoptive Home 4% Foster Family Home (Relative)

  • 28% Foster Family Home (Non-Relative)

  • 47% Group Home

  • 6% Institution

  • 8% Supervised Independent Living

  • 1% Runaway

  • 1% Trial Home Visit

  • 5% Reunify with Parent(s) or Principal Caretaker(s)

  • 53% Live with Other Relative(s)

  • 3% Adoption

  • 24% Long Term Foster Care

  • 5% Emancipation

  • 5% Guardianship

  • 4% Case Plan Goal Not Yet Established

 Source: 2013 AFCARS Report

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