Who Cares:
A National Count of Foster Homes and Families

After several years of steady increase, we project that the number of youth in foster care is decreasing. But many states often fail to recruit and retain enough homes for the kids in their custody.

This project attempts to put numbers on the foster care capacity in each state. This includes the number of youth in care, the availability of foster homes, the reliance on relatives, and the use of group homes and institutions.

Non-relative homes
Change 2017-2018

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