- How long do children stay in foster care? What are their plans after foster care?
- A family member asked me to be a legal guardian for her children because she is having some serious problems and cannot care for them, but I'm not sure exactly what that means. Can you explain?
- What are the permanency outcomes for children leaving foster care?
An additional 10 percent were emancipated or aged out of foster care, and 3 percent had other outcomes. The percentage of children who left the system for adoption increased by 2 percentage points between FY 2000 and FY 2008. Overall, the percentage of children exiting foster care to a permanent family (i.e., reunification, adoption, or living with relative or guardian) showed only small variations across the two periods. For more information, see the Children's Bureau's Adoption & Foster Care Statistics.
How the Child Welfare System Works
State Laws on Child Welfare
Summaries of State laws on permanency planning for children in foster care.
Concurrent Planning for Timely Permanency for Children
Kinship Care and the Child Welfare System
Addresses guardianship options for children in out-of-home care, including standby and subsidized guardianship.
Extending Out-Of-Home Care for Youth Past Age 18
Presents information on Federal and State efforts to support youth in out-of-home care past age 18.
Promotes the recruitment and retention of adoptive families for children in foster care.