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Number of Children Served in 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 were in the public foster care system during the FFY. This number is the sum of two mutually exclusive groups of children: the children who are already in care on the first day of the fiscal year (as of October 1) and the children who enter foster care during the year. An individual child is counted only once for each year.


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