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2012 National African American Foster Children
Fact Sheet

How many African American children were in foster care in 2011?

African American children represented about 27% or 112,000 of the foster care population in 2011. The total number decreased from 2010 by 2,000 from 112,000 to about 110,000 - down 2%.

How many African American children entered foster care in 2011?

About 61,000 African American children entered the child welfare system in 2011. These entries decreased the prior year by about 3,000 from approximately 61,000 to 58,000 - down 1%.

How many African American children existed foster care in 2011?

There were approximately 68,000 African American children that exited foster care in 2011. This was a decrease from 2010 by about 6,000 from approximately 68,000 to 62,500 - down 8%.

How many African American children were waiting for to be adopted from foster care in 2011?

Approximately 31,000 African American children in foster care were waiting to be adopted in 2011. There was a decreased from the prior year by about 2000 from approximately 31,000 to 29,000 - down 1%.

How many African American children were adopted from foster care in 2011?

An estimated 13,000 African American children in foster care were publically adopted in 2011. Public adoptions for African American children in foster care have decreased from 2010 by about 1000 from approximately 13,000 to 12,000 - down 1%.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau, Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) FY 2011 data, 2012.