Who Cares:
A National Count of Foster Homes and Families

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.

Total Licensed Foster Homes
Change 2019-2020