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Collected by The Chronicle of Social Change*
Changes in the number non-relative foster homes from 2017 to 2018
Total licensed homes
Relatives with active placements
Youth in care
Includes youth living in foster homes, with relatives and in congregate care settings. Federally collected figures for 2008, 2012, 2016, 2017; state-reported figures for 2018.
Foster care demographics
From federal Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS)
Foster youth living with relatives
Youth placed with family members or “fictive kin” during a removal to foster care
Foster youth living with relatives as percent of all youth in care
Youth with relatives, no financial support noted
Foster youth living in congregate care
Foster youth who are living in group homes, institutions, and other residential care settings
Foster youth living in congregate care as percent of all youth in care
Youth who are 13+
Youth who are 13+ as percent of all youth in care
Race/ethnicity of foster families (AFCARS)
Native American/Alaskan families
Race/ethnicity of foster youth (AFCARS)
Native American/Alaskan youth
*National averages are based on only those states that responded.