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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.

 PercentNumber
Total 532,000
Ages  
Under 1 year5%24,290
1–5 years22128,946
6–10 years24116,801
11–15 years30158,290
16–18 years1792,091
19 years and over210,321
Gender  
Male52278,916
Female48252,932
Race/ethnicity
White, non-Hispanic39%205,478
Black, non-Hispanic37195,040
Hispanic11789,177
American Indian/Alaskan Native,
non-Hispanic
29,792
Asian, non-Hispanic13,423
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander,
non-Hispanic
01,465
Unknown/unable to determine314,432
Two or more races non-Hispanic212,986
Lengths of stay
Less than 1 month523,948
1–5 months1894,399
6–11 months1684,707
12–17 months1262,036
18–23 months845,008
24–29 months736,236
30–35 months527,196
3–4 years1370,754
5 years or more1687,694
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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