Who Cares is the nation’s first public resource on foster care capacity. The Imprint collects data directly from each state, and combines that with specially obtained federal reports to shed light on two critical questions:
How many kids are in foster care today? And where are they living?
This year the data suggests that nationwide, the number of youth in care is going down, and so is the number of licensed foster homes. Across the nation, the reliance on relatives continues to grow in many systems as the use of group homes and residential care declines.
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Who Cares 2020: Executive Summary
Newly released data compiled and analyzed by The Imprint, the nation’s leading news outlet covering child welfare, finds the number of foster youth in America has declined for a third straight year, but the percentage of them who are not identified as white appears to be growing.
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