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In recognition of National Foster Care Month, the KIDS COUNT Data Center is highlighting key child welfare data on the site.

In 2015, nearly 112,000 kids were in foster care waiting to be adopted. For these children, we know that:

  • Twenty-four percent lived in California or Texas.
  • Twenty-eight percent had been waiting at least three years to be adopted.
  • Kids in Illinois had the longest road to adoption, with nearly one in three waiting at least five years.

In 2015, about 53,500 kids in America’s child welfare system were adopted into a family. For these children, we know that:

  • One in three was adopted by a relative.
  • Fifty-six percent were 5 years old or younger.
  • Forty-eight percent fit into the racial and ethnic category of non-Hispanic white.

One particularly encouraging statistic? The incidence of relatives adopting children in foster care has increased 31% since 2011.

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