THE ANNIE E. CASEY FOUNDATION

May 1, 2015

In 2013, a total of 238,547 children exited the foster care system. Of those, 45% were white, 24% African American and 20% Latino. Two out of three (66%) of those exiting care were either reunified with their parents or primary caretakers, other relatives or guardians; and 21% were adopted. Unfortunately, 12% of kids exited without a documented connection to a family (of these 10% left without legal permanence, either emancipating or aging out of the system, and 2% were transferred to another agency).

Having a connection to a family is critical for a child’s well-being. Youth from foster care who are not connected to families should be provided with services to support their transition into adulthood.

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