Foster Care Statistics

Teaching emotional resilience in the foster care system changes the trajectory of a child’s life.

Foster care is an extremely important program and serves to benefit children of all ages. The system helps children transition from childhood into adulthood. During this time a child’s safety, education, and their emotional state are concerns foster parents work to address. Historically, these children have lower scores on standardized tests while having higher absenteeism, tardiness, truancy, and dropout rates.

There are roughly 437,000 children in the foster care system in the United States. Below are facts pulled from DOCF’s FY2016 report that reflect living situations, higher education, racial distribution, and results for transitioning children out of the foster care system.


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