Key Statistics

Youth who emancipate from foster care without permanent connections are at increased risk for adverse outcomes in adulthood. View these statistics to see the impact that relational connections have on improving long-term well-being for children and youth in foster care and the importance of providing concrete supports, appropriate interventions, and opportunities for youth. Find more key facts and ways to raise awareness in this year's outreach toolkit.

365,000
There are over 365,000 children and youth in foster care.
18,500
Approximately 18,500 youth are emancipated from foster care without a permanent family.
77%
In 2021, 77 percent of eligible youth in foster care, ages 14–21 years old, left care without receiving the federally funded services necessary to prepare them for adulthood and independent living.

Raise Awareness

Raise awareness of National Foster Care Month and encourage involvement in your community! Access these tools to support your promotional, outreach, and social media activities.

National Foster Care Month 2024 Outreach Toolkit

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