American SPCC Foster Care & Adoption

FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION

FOSTER CARE IMPACT STORIES

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Child Abuse Reporting Phone Numbers by State

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FOSTER CARE HELPLINES

Childhelp
1-800-4-A-Child
1-800-422-4453
National Parent Helpline
1-855-4-A PARENT
1-855-427-2736
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NATIONAL FOSTER CARE & ADOPTION DIRECTORY SEARCH

HELPFUL FOSTER CARE ORGANIZATIONS

WHAT IS FOSTER CARE?

Foster care is substitute care for babies, children, and youth, placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the State agency has placement and care responsibility. This includes, placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions, and preadoptive homes.

FOSTER CARE FACTS & STATISTICS

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Over 437,000 children and youth are in foster care.
  • 45% of foster children live in non-relative foster family homes.
  • 32% of foster children live in relative foster family homes.
  • 23% of foster children live in institutions, group homes, trial and pre-adoptive homes.
  • 118,000 children and youth in America are waiting to be adopted.
  • 18% of Children in foster care wait 3-4 years to be adopted.
  • On average, a child can spend almost 12 to 20 months in foster care.
  • 10% of foster children spend more than 5 years in foster care.
  • The average age of a foster child entering foster care is 6 to 7 years old.
  • The average age of a foster child exiting foster care is 7 to 8 years old.
  • 51% of children in foster care reunify with their parents or primary caregivers.
  • 52% of foster children are adopted by a foster parent.
  • More boys are in the foster care system than girls (52% to 48%).
  • 44% of foster children are White, 23% African American, 21% Hispanic.
  • 26% of children entering foster care are under the age of one.
  • About 22% of youth in foster care are age 13 or older.
  • 61% of children removed from their home due to abusive neglect.
  • 32% of children removed from their homes due to parental drug abuse.
  • 14% of children removed due to the inability of the caregiver to cope.
  • 12% of children removed from their home due to physical abuse.

2018 Foster Care AFCARS Report 24 - Reasons for Removal

NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF FOSTER CARE

  • Over 20,000 youth are emancipated from foster care without reunifying with their families, or being adopted.
  • Of youth who age out of foster care, 1/4 are incarcerated within 2 years and only 1/2 graduate from high school.
  • Children and adolescents with foster care experience are diagnosed with PTSD at twice the rate of U.S. war veterans.

STATISTICS AT A GLANCE

Foster Care AFCARS Report 24 Numbers at a Glance

Speak up for foster kids this National Foster Care Month.
There is an overwhelming need across the country to help the more than 430,000 children and youth in foster care.….and 118,000 children waiting to be adopted.
Foster children usually enter the foster care system due to abuse and trauma in their home. Neglect is the #1 reason children are removed, followed by parental drug use.
This displacement causes a unique set of emotional, social and academic challenges for them. They often experience grief, guilt, anger, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, low self-esteem, mental and physical health issues.
Thank you to all the adoptive and foster parents who open their homes and hearts to make a beautiful commitment to nurture and protect these precious children.

Spread the Word to raise public awareness and shine a light on the needs of foster children. Speak up because kids can't.

FOSTER CARE VIDEO SERIES

The following videos were created by the National PTA to offer insight into the unique challenges foster children face and ways we can better support foster families in achieving student success. Please share these videos with parents, school administrators, students and friends.

What is Foster Care?


Foster care parents, social workers and former foster care children share their experiences in the system. They explain the role of foster care parents and give reasons on why foster care parents are so important.
Judith Shagrin, Assistant Director, Baltimore County Department of Social Services
Sam Macer, Foster Care Parent / PTA Leader
Emily Bloomfield, Founder, Monument Academy
Courtesy of www.pta.org/fostercare

What are the Misconceptions of Foster Care Children?


This video examines the challenges the foster care children face and how they are mislabeled as “challenging youths.”
Dr. Melissa Smith, Director of Wellbeing, Monument Academy
Judith Shagrin, Assistant Director, Baltimore County Department of Social Services
Emily Bloomfield, Founder, Monument Academy
Courtesy of www.pta.org/fostercare

How are Foster Care Children Vulnerable?


One of the challenges for a lot of children in foster care is how to keep their information confidential. This video takes an in depth look at identity theft and ways parents and PTAs can help to combat this epidemic.
Jean Chatzky, Financial Expert
Emily Bloomfield, Founder, Monument Academy
Courtesy of www.pta.org/fostercare

How Can we Celebrate Foster Care Children Success?


What is needed to ensure that foster care children are successful? This video summarizes what PTAs can do to ensure family engagement and embrace foster care parents in school and the community.
Emily Bloomfield, Founder, Monument Academy
Sam Macer, Foster Care Parent / PTA Leader
Judith Shagrin, Assistant Director, Baltimore County Department of Social Services
Dr. Melissa Smith, Director of Wellbeing, Monument Academy
Courtesy of www.pta.org/fostercare

State Foster Care Contacts List

Click on the map to find contact information for State officials and other State-specific foster care information, or download the pdf.

State Foster Care Contacts Map

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