Last Year, Fewer Children Remained in U.S. Foster Care

More Foster Children in 2018 found forever homes

Data compiled from the U.S. Administration for Children and Families (ACF) reporting through fiscal year 2018 reveals that “the number of children in foster care, although still very high, dropped for the first year since 2011,” and there have been a record number of adoptions. Despite room for major improvement, the National Council for Adoption (NCFA) called the report good news due to an 11% increase in adoptions over the course of five consecutive years, and a six percent increase in just one year — from 59,500 adoptions in FY 2017 to 63,100 adoptions in FY 2018.

“[T]he highest number of children in [foster] care in the 21-year history of the report was 567,000 children in FY 1999,” NCFA noted.

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