Children under age 18 in foster care (2018 and later) in North Carolina

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Definitions: The number of children under age 18 placed in foster care during the state fiscal year (July – June).

Data Source: Duncan, D.F., Flair, K.A., Stewart, C.J., Guest, S., Rose, R.A., and Malley, K.M.D.(2020). Management Assistance for Child Welfare, Work First, and Food & Nutrition Services in North Carolina (v3.2). Special Data Request received January 2022.

Rolling quarters are used to specify a year. Foster care refers to children placed under legal custody of the North Carolina Department of Social Services who are placed with relatives, in emergency shelters, group homes, residential facilities or other approved placements.

Last updated January 2022.