National Foster Care Month

10 Facts About Foster Care

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1.

A child enters foster care nearly every minute.

 

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More than 442,000 children and youth are in foster care nationwide.

 

3.

The average child in care is about 8 years old.

 

4.

Children spend an average of 19 months in care. 5% spend 5 years or more.

 

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Kids in care are predominantly white (46%), African-American (21%) or Hispanic (21%)

 

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At any given time, about 2,100 children are in foster care in San Diego County.

 

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Children and youth most often are placed in foster care because of neglect (62%) and parental drug abuse (36%).

 

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Former foster youth are less likely to have completed high school, have work experience and have the life skills necessary to become independent at 18 than their peers.

 

9.

1 in 3 youth who exited foster care in California experienced homelessness within 24 months.

 

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You can help. Join our mission and become a foster parent or donate today.