Children in foster care in North Carolina

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Definitions: The number of individuals under age 22 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.

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.

Totals for counties and state may include youths age 18 through age 21.

Last updated January 2022.