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Definitions: The number of children and youth from birth up to age 20, entering the foster care system.Most states allow children to remain in the foster care system until their 18th birthday, though some states have age limits that extend a few years beyond this. The current indicator includes children up to age 20 regardless of their state limit. Children are categorized as entering foster care if they have a valid date for entry into care during a particular fiscal year. National estimates include Puerto Rico.
Data Source: Child Trends analysis of data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), made available through the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Updated May 2013.
N.A. - Data not available.
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