Who Cares:
A National Count of Foster Homes and Families



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Foster care capacity*

Collected by The Imprint

Youth in care

Includes youth living in foster homes, with relatives and in congregate care settings. Federally collected figures for 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017; state-reported figures for 2018 and 2019.

Total licensed foster homes

Non-relative homes

Changes in the number non-relative foster homes from 2012 to 2019

Relatives with active placements

Foster care demographics

From federal Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS)

Foster youth living with relatives as percent of all youth in care

Youth living in unpaid placement as percent of all youth in care

Foster youth living in congregate care as percent of all youth in care

Youth who are 13+ as percent of all youth in care

Race/ethnicity of foster families (AFCARS)

Black families

Hispanic/Latino families

White families

Native American/Alaskan families

Asian families

Undetermined race families

Race/ethnicity of foster youth (AFCARS)

Black youth

Hispanic/Latino youth

White youth

Native American/Alaskan youth

Asian youth

Undetermined race youth

*National averages are based on only those states that responded.