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Number of Children Entering Foster Care (State)

Source: Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), Children's Bureau (Department of Health and Human Services)
Topic: Households and HousingSubtopic: HouseholdsCategory: Household Demographics
Product: State StatsDate Updated: November 2019Update Tips
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    * This data is based on a fiscal year period (FY) that runs from August through September of the following year. It does not represent data based on a calendar year (CY), January to December.

    Years Available: 2005–2018

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    General Notes: This is an estimated count of all children who entered foster care during the FFY. An individual child is counted only once for each year, even if the child entered, exited and reentered care during the year. The most recent date of removal from home is used to determine whether the child entered foster care during the period. If an individual child entered in one year and then exits and re-enters in a subsequent year, he or she is included in the count of entries for both years.


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