Children exiting foster care by race and Hispanic origin

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Definitions: The number and percent of children and youth exiting the foster care system, by race or Hispanic origin. Some states allow children to remain in the foster care system until their 18th birthday while other states have age limits that extend a few years beyond this. The current indicator includes children of all ages.
Percent estimates in each race/Hispanic origin category are based on the total number of children with race/ethnicity data exiting foster care. A small number of AFCARS records across many states were missing information on the child’s race/Hispanic group and were also not included in the “unable to determine” category. These missing data are excluded from percentage and frequency distributions. Race or Hispanic origin are mutually exclusive categories. Children who are of Hispanic origin are not classified as any other race.
Children and youth are categorized as leaving foster care if they exited during the current fiscal year and remained out of foster care on the last day of the year. Indicator includes children who have entered foster care in the current fiscal year or in a prior 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.

Footnotes: Updated February 2017.
N.A. - Not available.
N.R. - Data are not reported.