September 13, 2018

Most Kids Exiting Foster Care Are Reunited With Family

Top five reason children exited foster care in 2016

The latest statistics on children exiting foster care are encouraging — and they align with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s longstanding belief that families belong together.

In 2016, 250,200 kids exited the U.S. foster care system. Most of these children (66%) were reunited with a family member — a group that includes parents and primary caregivers (50%), guardians (9%) and relatives (7%). Approximately one in every four kids exiting care was adopted.

The majority of children departing foster care in 2016 were young: 40% were between the ages of 0 and 5 and 64% had not yet celebrated their 11th birthday.

Nearly half (45%) of kids exiting care were white.

More Foster Care Exit Data

Explore more child welfare data — at the national and state level — in the KIDS COUNT Data Center.