Children in foster care by race and ethnicity in Louisiana

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Definitions: Number - children and youth in the foster care system.
Rate - the number of children in foster care per 1,000 children under age 18 in the population.

Data Source: Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request and Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2021). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2020." 

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, though the true numbers could be higher. 

Data are 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 are 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.

LNE - "low number event" reflects a number or rate based on at least one but fewer than five events.

N.A. - rates are not reported for the "other" category.

Updated December 30, 2022.