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Children in Foster Care, 2002

The following table shows the number and percent of children in foster care in the United States, according to age, gender, race, and length of stay.

  Percent Number
Total   532,000
Ages    
 Under 1 year 5% 24,290
 1–5 years 22 128,946
 6–10 years 24 116,801
 11–15 years 30 158,290
 16–18 years 17 92,091
 19 years and over 2 10,321
Gender    
 Male 52 278,916
 Female 48 252,932
Race/ethnicity 
 White, non-Hispanic 39% 205,478
 Black, non-Hispanic 37 195,040
 Hispanic1 17 89,177
 American Indian/Alaskan Native,
  non-Hispanic
2 9,792
 Asian, non-Hispanic 1 3,423
 Hawaiian/Pacific Islander,
  non-Hispanic
0 1,465
 Unknown/unable to determine 3 14,432
 Two or more races non-Hispanic 2 12,986
Lengths of stay
 Less than 1 month 5 23,948
 1–5 months 18 94,399
 6–11 months 16 84,707
 12–17 months 12 62,036
 18–23 months 8 45,008
 24–29 months 7 36,236
 30–35 months 5 27,196
 3–4 years 13 70,754
 5 years or more 16 87,694
NOTE: Preliminary FY 2002 estimates as of August 2004. Percentages may not add up to 100% and numbers may not add up to totals due to rounding.
1. Hispanic can be of any race.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Admin. for Children and Families, Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report #9.

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