A day in the life
Foster care, by the numbers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services compiled data on children in foster care on Sept. 30, 2009, to give an idea of how many are in the system on a given day, their median age, how long they’ve been there, etc. Below are a few numbers relating to that day for the entire United States.
Total number in foster care 423,773
Median age 9.7 years
Median length of stay 15.4 months
Number living with foster family 200,179
Number waiting to be adopted 114,556