Must-Know Foster Care Success Statistics [Current Data]

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"56% of foster children graduate from high school."

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"47% of former foster youth attended post-secondary education after aging out."

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"Only 21% of foster care youth achieve a Bachelor’s degree or higher."

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"50% of foster youth ages 18-25 are employed."

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"Foster care placement stability has improved by 9% in the past 10 years."

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"The average length of stay for children in foster care is approximately 20 months."

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"Approximately 21,000 youth age out of the foster care system each year in the United States."

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"Approximately 40-63% of children are placed in foster care due to neglect."

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"About 15% of children in foster care live with a non-relative foster family."

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"43% of foster care youth experience at least one foster care placement change during the first year in care."

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"31% of children in foster care in the United States are between 0-5 years old."

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"Foster children with six or more placements have a 90% chance of being diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder."

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"In 2020, there were about 423,997 children in the U.S. foster care system."

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"Only 15% of foster care youth have drivers’ licenses by age 18."

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"In 2019, 81% of children who had a goal of reunification with their families were successfully reunified within 12 months of entering foster care."

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