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Welcome to the life of a typical foster care child in America.

Since 1965 more than 15.2 million children have been in the foster care system in America. That's the population of Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta combined. These figures represent some of the harsher realities that the statistics tell us about children that grow up without a central support structure.


More than 640,000 children spent time in U.S. foster care in 2016.

According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) FY 2013 data. Click here to learn more.


In 2016, 23,396 youth aged out of the U.S. foster care system without the emotional and financial support necessary to succeed.

Nearly 40% had been homeless or couch surfed, nearly 60% of young men had been convicted of a crime, and only 48% were employed. 75% of women and 33% of men receive government benefits to meet basic needs. 50% of all youth who aged out were involved in substance use and 17% of the females were pregnant.

Source: AFCARS Report, No. 20,  Jim Casey Youth Fact Found on:


When a child is placed, they save the state over $15,500 on care each year.

The foster care system has annual federal and state costs of more than $9 billion (Title IV-E of the Social Security Act). Children in foster care have costs associated with medical care, food stamps, cash welfare, and child care payments to foster families. 


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