Foster Care Data Snapshot

Source: Child Trends, Data Snapshot, Publication #2011-19, May 31, 2011

To coincide with National Foster Care Month in May, this Data Snapshot explores state and national trends in the number of children in foster care, as well as the number entering foster care, each year from 2000 to 2009, using data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). On September 30, 2009, 424,000 children were in foster care in the United States, a decrease nationally of 23 percent from the 544,000 children in foster care on September 30, 2000.

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