7 Foster Care Statistics Everyone Should Know

The foster care system is an decades-old system that allows adults to take care of children who cannot be supported by the birth parents. In most cases, children are placed in the foster care system through the courts.

About Foster Care

Unfortunately, parents who have lost their parental privileges, have their children placed into foster care if no other family member is available to step in. There are also cases when a parent may die leaving a minor child.

Sadly, not all children who have been placed in foster care get adopted. Even sadder still, some of the people who lose parental rights never regain them. The foster care system has many pros and cons. But ordinary citizens can do their part to make it better.

Here are statistics that should be known about foster care:

  • According to 2010 statistics, about 408,000 children are in the foster care system
  • About 48% of foster care children are living with stranger families
  • About 26% are living in relative foster care homes
  • Over 50% of foster care children have a goal of being reunited with their family
  • The average age of foster care children is 9
  • 7% of foster care children stay in the system 5 years or more
  • Only 6% of aged out foster care system go to college. The goal is to increase that to 25%

The statistics surrounding foster care children are pretty astounding. While the goal is to reunite foster care children with their biological families, it doesn’t always happen that way. Even if you are not in the position to become a foster parent or open for adoption, there are other ways you can contribute.

Foster homes often take donations to help children in care. You can do your part and also make donations to support the organization. Foster children need food, clothing, shoes, and other services while they are in care of the state.

The foster care system was established to help children. People can help the foster care system in a number of ways. First of all, becoming a foster parent is one way to help relieve the strain on the foster care system. It can be a very rewarding experience. Any individual interested in becoming a foster care parent or adopting children who are in the system can contact their local social services for more information.