Some More Numbers

Just thought I would share some more numbers with you from most recent AFCARS Report:  You will note from the bold print that there are about 96,000 children that live in a residential setting out of the 523,000 children in foster care.

 What were the ages of the children in foster care?

Mean Years 10.2  
Median Years 10.9  
 
Under 1 Year 5% 25,070
1 thru 5 Years 25% 129,470
6 thru 10 Years 21% 108,500
11 thru 15 Years 30% 154,970
16 thru 18 Years 18% 93,810
19 Years or More 2% 9,690

What were the placement settings of children in foster care?

Pre-Adoptive Home 5% 24,650
Foster Family Home (Relative) 23% 121,030
Foster Family Home (Non-Relative) 46% 239,810
Group Home 9% 45,700
Institution 10% 51,370
Supervised Independent Living 1% 5,570
Runaway 2% 10,560
Trial Home Visit 4% 19,700

What were the lengths of stay in foster care?

Mean Months 31  
Median Months 18
 
Less than 1 Month 5% 23,950
1 to 5 Months 18% 93,900
6 to 11 Months 16% 84,110
12 to 17 Months 12% 63,640
18 to 23 Months 9% 45,850
24 to 29 Months 7% 35,860
30 to 35 Months 5% 27,030
3 to 4 Yrs 12% 64,810
5 Years or More 16% 83,920

What were the case goals of the children in foster care?

Reunify with Parent(s) or Principal Caretaker(s) 48% 246,650
Live with Other Relative(s) 5% 24,090
Adoption 20% 103,460
Long Term Foster Care 8% 43,250
Emancipation 6% 31,370
Guardianship 3% 15,470
Case Plan Goal Not Yet Established 10% 48,530

What was the race/ethnicity of the children in foster care?

AI/AN Non-Hispanic 2% 10,260
Asian-Non Hispanic 1% 3,280
Black-Non Hispanic 35% 184,480
Hawaiian/PI-Non Hispanic 0% 1,540
Hispanic 17% 91,040
White-Non Hispanic 39% 203,920
Unknown/Unable to Determine 3% 13,360
Two or More-Non Hispanic 3% 14,310

NOTE: Using U.S. Bureau of the Census standards, children of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Beginning in FY 2000, children could be identified with more than one race designation.

What was the gender of the children in foster care?

Male 53% 274,820
Female 48% 248,150

 What were the lengths of stay of the children who exited foster care during FY 2003?

Mean Months 21.7  
Median Months 11.9  
 
Less than 1 Month 18% 51,120
1 to 5 Months 16% 45,810
6 to 11 Months 16% 44,870
12 to 17 Months 12% 33,720
18 to 23 Months 8% 23,290
24 to 29 Months 6% 16,770
30 to 35 Months 5% 12,650
3 to 4 Years 10% 27,770
5 Years or More 9% 24,110

What were the outcomes for the children exiting foster care during FY 2003?

Reunification with Parent(s) or Primary Caretaker(s) 55% 151,770
Living with Other Relative(s) 11% 30,570
Adoption 18% 49,340
Emancipation 8% 21,720
Guardianship 4% 10,700
Transfer to Another Agency 2% 6,420
Runaway 2% 4,070
Death of Child 0% 570

NOTE: Deaths are attributable to a variety of causes including medical conditions, accidents and homicide.

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