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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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