Children in foster care by race: 2018-2020 in Louisiana

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Definitions: number - the number of children and youth in the foster care system, by race
rate - the number of children in foster care per 1,000 children under age 18 in the population, by race

Rates are based on Census Bureau estimates of the population of children ages 0 to 17, as of July 1st of the respective year. 

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request.

Population data - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2021). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2020." Online. Available:

Footnotes: Note that data are reported by race and Hispanic origin. Hispanic origin was unknown for a significant portion of children in foster care in Louisiana. In 2020, Hispanic origin was unknown for about 9% of the children in foster care, so the Hispanic numbers reported here should be considered minimum figures, thought the true numbers could be higher. Note that the children for whom Hispanic origin was unknown are included in the respective non-Hispanic racial categories (black, white or "other.")

Data is reported according to the location of court of entry into foster care. Note that the parish location data was missing for a small number of children each year, and a very small (<5) number of children in foster care have cases that originated in other states. As a result, the statewide total is larger than the sum of data from all parishes.

Data is unduplicated, so if a child entered and exited foster care multiple times over the course of the year, he/she would only be counted once.

Updated February 9, 2022