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Children in foster care with more than two placements in the United States

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: Foster children still in care at the end of the fiscal year were included if they had more than two placements in foster care. The number of placements is based only on the current spell (removal from home, including trial home visits) in foster care.

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 June 2021.
S - Estimates suppressed when there were fewer than 10 children. 
N.A. – Data not available.