Kids in Foster Care

on any day in 2019


children were in foster care on any given day. The average age of children entering foster care was 7.2.

Gender and Age

in foster care 2019

52% Male 48% Female

23% are African American, 21% Hispanic (of any race).

How Many Age Out

In 2019


young people aged out of foster care, many without familial or mentor support.

How Many Spent Time

in foster care in 2019


children spent time in U.S. foster care in 2019.

How Long

are they in foster care?

19.6 Months

is the average time children remain in state care.

How Many in Group Homes

or Institutions

17,991 or 4%

Although many children in foster care live in a temporary or long-term family setting, 4 percent — live in institutions or group homes.


  • In 2019 more than 71,300 children – whose mothers’ and fathers’ parental rights had been legally terminated – were waiting to be adopted.
  • While states work rapidly to find safe permanent homes for kids, on any given day children available for adoption have spent an average of 17.6 months waiting to be adopted after their parents parental rights have been terminated.
  • In total, no matter the circumstance, more than 122,216 kids in foster care are waiting to be adopted.
  • Average time in care for children waiting to be adopted: 31.2 months.

What Kidsave is Doing – What You Can Do

The foster care statistics are hard to understand or accept and show the flaws in the system that house kids who have been neglected, abused or removed from their homes. We hope to shine a light on these kids and to give them a voice and a choice in their futures.

At Kidsave our goal is to provide additional means for older kids in foster care to find permanent, positive and stable family placements. We know that older kids, especially those that are 8-18, are slipping through the cracks and are struggling to finish school and have any real chance at successful futures.

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