Children in foster care

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Definitions: The number of children ages 0-17 placed in foster care during the state fiscal year (July – June).

Data Source: Duncan, D.F., Kum, H.C., Flair, K.A., and Stewart, C.J. (2013).  Management Assistance for Child Welfare, Work First, and Food & Nutrition Services in North Carolina.  Special data request, March 2011.  Also available online through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Jordan Institute for Families website at http://ssw.unc.edu/ma/.

Footnotes: 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 September 2014.