North Carolina

North Carolina [Context Data]

A. Context Statistics 1 2

General Child Population (Census Bureau) 3
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total children under 18 years 2,295,962 2,302,931 2,304,529 2,304,554 2,306,400
Race/ethnicity (%) 4
Alaska Native / American Indian 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.1 1.1
Asian 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6
Black 22.7 22.6 22.5 22.4 22.4
Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander <.1 <.1 <.1 <.1 <.1
Hispanic (of any race) 15.8 16.2 16.6 16.9 17.1
White 52.8 52.3 51.9 51.4 51.1
Two or more races 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6
Child population in poverty (%) 21.7 21.2 20.2 19.5 18.5
Child Welfare Summary 5
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Child maltreatment victims 7,134 7,392 6,502 5,601 22,399
Foster care entry rate 2.6 2.5 2.4 2.4 2.2
Children in foster care on 9/30 10,561 10,756 10,543 11,223 10,630
Children adopted 1,501 1,528 1,522 1,546 1,521
Caseworker Visits 6
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Children receiving monthly visits (%) 95 95 96 95 96
Numerator 108,447 114,108 116,733 117,439 117,654
Denominator 114,747 120,562 122,062 123,686 121,923
Children receiving visits in the home (%) 89 90 91 92 91
Numerator 96,327 102,955 106,657 107,854 106,689
Denominator 108,447 114,108 116,733 117,439 117,654

1 The source data for each table is indicated in parentheses for each section. A calendar year is the basis for data from the Census Bureau. Most of the other data on these pages are from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) or the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) and are based on the federal fiscal year, October 1 through September 30.  Back
2 Data that did not meet the quality standards for inclusion in the report are represented as DQ*. Incomplete data excluded from inclusion in the report are represented as --. For additional information on the data quality thresholds for the Child Welfare Outcomes Report, please reference the full report or the Child Welfare Outcomes data site.  Back
3 The total child population and data on race/ethnicity represent estimates from the Census Bureau https://www.census.gov/data/tables.html . Child poverty data are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS). Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 poverty estimates are not available on data.census.gov. The 2020 poverty estimates are considered experimental and can be found on the ACS Experimental Data webpage: https://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/data/experimental-data.html.  Back
4 For race/ethnicity tables, all races exclude children of Hispanic origin. The Child Welfare Outcomes Report data site http://cwoutcomes.acf.hhs.gov/cwodatasite provides alternative race/ethnicity breakdowns in which race and ethnicity are treated as two separate categories.  Back
5 A child victim is defined as a child for whom the state determined at least one maltreatment was substantiated or indicated. This includes a child who died of child abuse and neglect. This is a change from prior years when children with dispositions of alternative response victim were included as victims. The rate for foster care entry is per 1,000 children in the state population. Data on child maltreatment victims are from NCANDS. Data on foster care entry rate, children in foster care on 9/30, and children adopted are from AFCARS.  Back
6 The reporting population subject to the caseworker visits requirements includes all children under age 18 for at least the first day of the FY (October 1) who have been in foster care for at least one full calendar month during the FY. All states have the option of using an approved sampling procedure for the caseworker visits reporting requirement.  Back

B. Child Maltreatment Data (National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System [NCANDS]) 7

Overview Maltreatment Information 8
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
  Number Rate Number Rate Number Rate Number Rate Number Rate
Children subject of an investigated report alleging child maltreatment 119,994 52.3 per 1,000 120,734 52.4 per 1,000 112,261 48.7 per 1,000 100,086 43.4 per 1,000 108,485 47.0 per 1,000
Total child maltreatment victims 7,134 3.1 per 1,000 7,392 3.2 per 1,000 6,502 2.8 per 1,000 5,601 2.4 per 1,000 22,399 9.7 per 1,000
Child Fatalities 32 1.4 per 100,000 18 0.8 per 100,000 14 0.6 per 100,000 5 0.2 per 100,000 1 <.1 per 100,000
Age of Child Victims (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Under 1 year 9.7 11.1 9.7 10.0 13.6
1 year 6.5 6.3 6.1 6.1 7.0
2 years 6.1 6.3 6.2 6.2 6.7
3 years 6.4 5.7 5.8 5.8 6.1
4 years 5.8 5.9 5.5 5.7 6.1
5 years 6.0 5.9 5.6 5.6 5.6
6 years 6.6 5.6 5.7 5.9 5.5
7 years 6.0 5.7 5.7 5.4 5.5
8 years 6.2 5.9 6.1 5.5 5.1
9 years 5.3 5.8 5.8 5.6 5.1
10 years 5.4 5.6 5.5 6.0 4.9
11 years 4.7 4.8 5.8 5.9 4.8
12 years 4.9 4.9 5.2 5.4 4.9
13 years 5.3 5.0 5.1 5.5 4.6
14 years 4.6 5.3 5.0 5.3 4.4
15 years 4.9 4.5 4.8 4.5 4.0
16 years 3.8 4.0 4.2 3.6 3.3
17 years 1.5 1.4 1.8 1.6 2.3
18+ years 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 <.1
Missing data 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.6
Number 7,134 7,392 6,502 5,601 22,399
Race/Ethnicity of Child Victims (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Alaska Native / American Indian 2.2 2.7 3.3 3.9 3.1
Asian 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.5 0.5
Black 27.6 29.0 28.4 29.7 32.8
Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1 <.1 <.1 0.1
Hispanic (of any race) 11.3 11.7 11.3 13.1 11.6
White 51.1 49.6 49.1 45.3 43.6
Two or more races 5.4 5.0 5.9 6.2 6.1
Missing data 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.3 2.1
Number 7,134 7,392 6,502 5,601 22,399
Maltreatment Types of Child Victims (%) 9
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Emotional abuse 1.1 1.6 1.6 2.0 0.7
Medical neglect 0.4 0.8 0.8 1.0 4.4
Neglect 54.2 54.0 51.5 46.3 95.3
Physical abuse 25.8 25.3 27.6 28.9 5.0
Sexual abuse 19.7 20.0 20.1 22.0 4.6
Sex trafficking 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 <.1
Missing data 0.9 1.1 1.0 0.8 0.0
Other 1.2 1.3 1.3 2.0 0.9
Number 7,134 7,392 6,502 5,601 22,399
Time to Investigation (in hours) 10
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Mean 48.7 46.9 48.9 50.4 35.0
Median >24 but <48 >24 but <48 >24 but <48 >24 but <48 >24 but <48

7 The unique count of child victims counts a child only once regardless of the number of times he or she was found to be a victim during the reporting year.  Back
8 The rates for Child Protective Services responses and victims are per 1,000 children under age 18; for fatalities, the rate is per 100,000 children under age 18.  Back
9 These percentages are calculated against the number of unique victims. A child may have been the victim of more than one type of maltreatment, or the same type of maltreatment more than once. As a result, the total percentages both within and across maltreatment categories may exceed 100.  Back
10 Response time is defined as the time between the report of suspected maltreatment and the first face-to-face contact with the alleged victim or with another person who can provide information on the allegation.  Back

C. Characteristics of Children in Foster Care (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System [AFCARS] Foster Care File)

Overview Foster Care Information
  In Foster Care on 10/1 FY Entered Foster Care in FY Exited Foster Care in FY In Foster Care on 9/30 FY
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total number 9,655 9,671 9,710 10,112 10,045 6,032 5,830 5,531 5,564 5,119 5,126 4,745 4,698 4,454 4,535 10,561 10,756 10,543 11,223 10,630
Median length of stay (months) 13.1 12.5 13.0 13.7 13.8 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 15.4 15.3 16.9 17.1 17.4 12.7 13.0 13.4 14.2 15.1
Age of Children in Foster Care (%)
  In Foster Care on 10/1 FY Entered Foster Care in FY Exited Foster Care in FY In Foster Care on 9/30 FY
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Under 1 year 6.4 7.0 7.3 6.9 7.1 18.3 19.2 19.3 19.5 19.5 3.5 3.4 3.3 2.9 3.3 6.7 7.0 6.7 6.6 6.1
1 year 9.0 9.0 8.6 9.1 8.9 8.0 7.6 7.9 7.6 7.6 8.4 9.7 8.9 9.6 9.0 8.5 8.2 8.7 8.4 8.8
2 years 7.8 7.9 8.2 8.1 7.7 7.0 7.1 7.4 6.5 6.5 9.3 10.2 10.4 9.7 9.8 7.5 7.6 7.9 7.6 7.3
3 years 7.0 7.2 7.1 7.0 6.9 6.2 5.8 6.1 5.4 5.8 8.2 8.0 8.5 7.7 7.4 6.8 6.6 6.8 6.8 6.6
4 years 5.7 6.4 6.5 6.1 6.1 4.9 5.7 5.0 5.2 4.7 6.7 7.7 7.1 7.5 7.1 6.2 6.2 5.9 6.0 6.0
5 years 5.3 5.3 6.0 5.8 5.3 5.1 4.9 5.2 4.9 5.2 5.5 6.0 6.7 6.3 6.0 5.0 5.7 5.6 5.2 5.2
6 years 5.5 5.7 4.9 5.5 5.5 5.7 4.5 4.9 4.5 4.6 5.6 5.2 5.3 5.9 6.1 5.5 4.6 5.3 5.2 4.8
7 years 5.2 5.7 5.4 4.9 5.0 5.0 4.5 4.9 4.3 4.7 5.1 6.1 5.2 4.8 5.0 5.5 5.1 4.8 4.9 5.1
8 years 4.9 5.2 5.1 5.2 5.0 4.3 4.3 4.4 4.0 3.9 4.4 5.5 5.3 5.3 5.2 5.0 4.8 5.0 4.8 4.6
9 years 4.5 5.3 5.2 5.0 4.9 4.2 4.2 4.6 4.5 3.8 4.3 4.8 4.9 5.0 4.7 5.0 4.9 4.8 4.7 4.5
10 years 4.4 4.8 5.0 4.9 5.1 3.8 3.8 3.9 4.3 3.9 3.9 4.5 5.2 4.9 4.7 4.5 4.8 4.7 4.8 4.5
11 years 3.9 4.0 4.8 4.7 4.8 3.0 3.7 3.5 3.8 3.8 3.4 4.0 3.9 3.8 4.1 3.9 4.5 4.6 4.6 4.7
12 years 4.1 3.8 4.4 4.6 4.8 3.0 3.8 3.2 4.1 3.9 3.7 3.0 3.5 4.2 4.0 3.5 4.1 4.4 4.5 4.9
13 years 3.8 4.1 4.3 4.5 4.9 3.5 3.4 3.7 4.1 3.9 3.3 2.9 3.0 3.7 3.8 3.9 4.1 4.4 4.6 4.8
14 years 4.7 4.6 4.9 4.7 4.6 4.1 4.4 3.9 4.1 3.9 3.4 3.2 3.3 3.9 3.5 4.3 4.5 4.5 4.4 4.8
15 years 5.4 5.2 5.1 5.3 5.3 4.5 4.6 4.3 4.1 4.9 3.4 3.7 3.3 3.1 3.9 4.8 4.9 5.1 4.9 5.0
16 years 5.5 6.1 4.7 5.4 5.6 3.9 3.6 3.4 3.5 3.9 4.0 3.9 4.1 4.2 4.4 5.7 5.2 5.2 5.3 5.4
17 years 4.3 2.8 2.6 2.5 2.5 2.0 2.2 1.7 2.2 2.0 3.7 3.5 3.3 3.3 4.2 5.1 5.8 4.2 5.1 5.4
18 years 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 3.3 2.7 2.9 3.2 3.4 8.3 4.6 4.8 4.3 3.8 1.6 1.5 1.3 1.7 1.4
19 years 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
20+ years 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 <.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Missing data 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 <.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Race/Ethnicity of Children in Foster Care (%)
  In Foster Care on 10/1 FY Entered Foster Care in FY Exited Foster Care in FY In Foster Care on 9/30 FY
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Alaska Native / American Indian 2.4 2.4 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.9 2.5 2.8 2.5 3.6 3.2 3.0 3.0 2.8 3.0 2.3 2.2 2.2 2.1 2.5
Asian 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.2 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.2 0.5 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1
Black 32.5 30.9 24.9 31.0 29.8 29.6 26.6 24.8 26.3 25.3 31.4 27.0 22.8 27.3 25.7 31.4 30.4 25.8 30.1 29.4
Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander <.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.2 0.1 <.1 <.1 <.1 <.1 0.2 0.2 <.1 <.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1
Hispanic (of any race) 8.0 8.1 7.5 7.9 8.4 8.3 7.8 8.5 9.0 8.6 8.2 9.1 7.5 7.9 8.2 8.1 7.5 8.0 8.4 8.6
White 48.5 49.6 52.1 51.1 51.6 50.7 54.6 52.0 54.1 53.3 48.7 51.7 54.7 53.3 54.9 49.6 51.4 50.9 51.7 51.0
Two or more races 7.4 7.4 11.4 5.8 6.0 6.6 6.7 9.7 6.0 6.9 7.3 7.7 9.9 7.0 6.0 7.0 6.9 11.1 5.5 6.5
Unknown 0.7 1.1 1.5 1.6 1.8 1.5 1.3 1.9 1.9 1.9 0.6 1.0 1.5 1.3 1.9 1.2 1.3 1.7 1.9 1.8
Missing data 0.0 0.0 0.0 <.1 <.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 <.1 <.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 <.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 <.1 <.1

D. Characteristics of Children "Waiting for Adoption" 11 (AFCARS Foster Care File)

Children Waiting for Adoption
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total waiting children 2,943 2,929 2,819 2,861 2,835
Number of waiting children whose parents' rights have been terminated 1,284 1,434 1,255 1,211 1,139

11 There is no federal definition for a child waiting to be adopted. The definition used in the tables on this page includes children and youth through age 17 who have a goal of adoption and/or whose parents' parental rights have been terminated. It excludes children 16 years old and older whose parents' parental rights have been terminated and who have a goal of emancipation. A state's own definition may differ from that used here.  Back

Age of Children Waiting for Adoption (%) 12
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Under 1 year 3.2 3.6 3.7 3.7 1.7
1 year 7.9 8.4 9.3 7.7 9.0
2 years 8.4 8.7 8.5 8.2 8.8
3 years 7.9 7.3 7.8 7.8 7.5
4 years 7.2 7.5 7.1 7.0 7.1
5 years 6.2 6.9 7.0 5.8 6.5
6 years 6.8 5.3 6.2 6.3 5.3
7 years 6.2 6.1 5.0 5.8 5.1
8 years 5.9 5.4 5.5 5.3 5.8
9 years 5.6 6.2 5.6 5.6 5.7
10 years 5.5 5.4 5.5 5.8 5.1
11 years 5.0 5.1 5.4 5.6 5.6
12 years 4.0 5.2 5.4 5.2 5.2
13 years 4.6 3.9 4.6 5.1 4.9
14 years 4.2 4.1 3.8 4.3 4.8
15 years 4.1 3.6 4.1 4.1 4.5
16 years 4.3 3.9 3.0 3.8 3.8
17 years 3.0 3.6 2.3 2.7 3.6

12 Children older than 17 years fall outside of the definition used to identify waiting children and are therefore excluded from this table.  Back

Race/Ethnicity of Children Waiting for Adoption (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Alaska Native / American Indian 1.5 1.2 1.7 1.6 2.4
Asian <.1 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.2
Black 30.5 30.4 24.8 30.1 30.9
Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.2
Hispanic (of any race) 7.3 7.1 6.8 7.1 7.7
White 50.5 51.2 55.0 52.8 50.3
Two or more races 9.0 8.8 10.3 6.5 6.9
Unknown 0.9 1.0 1.0 1.5 1.4
Missing data 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 <.1

E. Characteristics of Children Adopted (AFCARS Adoption File)

Children Adopted
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total children adopted 1,501 1,528 1,522 1,546 1,521
Age of Children Adopted (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Under 1 year 1.9 1.4 1.9 1.4 1.7
1 year 9.7 8.9 9.5 9.9 9.5
2 years 14.8 13.2 14.3 14.2 13.7
3 years 11.3 11.6 11.6 10.1 9.7
4 years 9.7 9.1 9.1 9.6 8.7
5 years 6.1 7.6 7.8 8.0 7.8
6 years 7.3 7.3 7.5 7.4 8.2
7 years 7.0 7.1 5.7 6.2 6.6
8 years 6.1 6.0 5.1 5.4 5.1
9 years 5.5 4.7 5.1 4.7 5.7
10 years 4.5 4.9 4.9 4.1 4.3
11 years 3.5 4.0 3.7 3.8 4.1
12 years 3.1 3.3 3.4 4.2 3.7
13 years 2.2 2.6 3.2 3.6 3.3
14 years 2.0 2.4 1.6 3.0 2.7
15 years 2.0 2.4 1.9 1.8 2.0
16 years 1.3 1.6 2.1 1.6 2.3
17 years 2.0 1.8 1.5 0.9 1.1
18 years <.1 0.1 <.1 0.3 <.1
19 years 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
20+ years 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Race/Ethnicity of Children Adopted (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Alaska Native / American Indian 2.5 1.4 1.2 0.8 1.1
Asian 0.4 0.3 0.3 0.5 <.1
Black 27.1 25.3 23.9 23.0 22.0
Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander 0.0 <.1 <.1 0.0 0.0
Hispanic (of any race) 4.6 4.4 3.7 3.8 5.3
White 51.5 54.6 57.3 57.8 55.4
Two or more races 13.7 13.9 13.5 13.8 16.1
Unknown 0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1 <.1
Missing data 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

North Carolina [Outcomes Data]

Reduce Recurrence of Child Abuse and/or Neglect (NCANDS)

Recurrence of Maltreatment Within 12 Months (%)
  2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
Children without a recurrence 95.9 96.0 95.5 96.2 DQ*
Children with one or more recurrences 4.1 4.0 4.5 3.8 DQ*
Number 7,833 7,193 7,307 6,343 DQ*

Reduce the Incidence of Child Abuse and/or Neglect in Foster Care (NCANDS and AFCARS Foster Care File)

2.1 Maltreatment in Foster Care (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Children maltreated while in foster care 0.26 0.45 0.37 0.47 DQ*
Children not maltreated while in foster care 99.74 99.55 99.63 99.53 DQ*
Number 20,377 15,501 15,241 15,676 DQ*

Increase Permanency for Children in Foster Care (AFCARS Foster Care File)

3.1 Exits of Children From Foster Care (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Adoption 25.8 28.0 29.8 27.4 30.1
Guardianship 18.6 20.0 21.6 21.1 22.9
Reunification 44.1 45.7 41.6 45.5 40.9
Other 11.1 4.9 4.5 4.5 4.7
Missing data 0.4 1.4 2.5 1.5 1.4
Number 5,126 4,745 4,698 4,454 4,535
Exits of Children With a Diagnosed Disability (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Adoption 25.8 26.3 23.0 25.2 33.9
Guardianship 16.1 16.0 23.3 19.3 22.5
Reunification 40.2 46.3 36.7 44.7 33.2
Other 16.6 10.6 14.3 9.9 9.4
Missing data 1.2 0.9 2.7 1.0 1.0
Number 415 350 300 405 307
Exits of Children Older than Age 12 at Entry Into Foster Care (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Adoption 3.9 6.0 3.4 4.7 4.5
Guardianship 10.7 15.5 19.6 15.9 22.3
Reunification 43.1 51.2 46.1 52.3 45.3
Other 40.4 23.5 22.3 20.9 21.9
Missing data 1.9 3.9 8.7 6.2 6.1
Number 1,125 770 716 679 740
Exits to Emancipation (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Children age 12 or younger at entry 10.3 12.1 15.2 23.4 19.0
Children older than 12 at entry 89.7 87.9 84.8 76.6 81.0
Missing data 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Number 494 199 184 175 179
Exits by Race/Ethnicity (%)
  Alaska Native / American Indian Asian Black (non-Hispanic)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Adoption 19.4 15.0 8.6 11.1 12.5 17.9 31.3 11.1 20.0 6.7 23.6 25.2 26.1 23.4 27.7
Guardianship 22.4 25.7 30.0 30.2 44.9 14.3 37.5 27.8 33.3 46.7 16.4 18.7 20.9 19.8 21.6
Reunification 53.3 52.1 57.1 55.6 41.2 57.1 31.3 61.1 33.3 46.7 44.9 47.2 46.9 50.0 42.7
Other 4.8 6.4 4.3 3.2 1.5 10.7 0.0 0.0 13.3 0.0 14.6 6.2 5.6 5.2 6.2
Missing data 0.0 0.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 2.7 0.6 1.6 1.8
Number 165 140 140 126 136 28 16 18 15 15 1,612 1,281 1,073 1,216 1,164
Exits by Race/Ethnicity (%)
  Native Hawaiian/Other Pac. Is. Hispanic (of any race) White (non-Hispanic)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Adoption 0.0 33.3 22.2 100.0 0.0 25.3 23.7 27.4 23.4 26.1 26.5 29.5 31.3 30.7 32.8
Guardianship 0.0 22.2 11.1 0.0 0.0 16.0 17.9 15.3 14.0 23.2 20.3 20.8 22.9 22.4 22.4
Reunification 100.0 33.3 44.4 0.0 100.0 49.6 52.1 48.6 56.9 41.8 42.7 44.2 39.3 40.9 39.3
Other 0.0 11.1 22.2 0.0 0.0 8.6 5.3 5.6 3.7 7.0 10.1 4.4 4.2 4.5 4.3
Missing data 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.9 3.1 2.0 1.9 0.4 1.1 2.4 1.5 1.2
Number 2 9 9 1 2 419 430 354 350 371 2,496 2,454 2,568 2,374 2,491
Exits by Race/Ethnicity (%)
  Unable to Determine Two or More Races Missing Data
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Adoption 9.4 12.5 31.4 16.9 25.0 36.3 39.8 39.1 31.6 33.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Guardianship 31.3 12.5 18.6 22.0 14.3 16.9 18.8 18.7 19.8 23.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Reunification 50.0 72.9 37.1 59.3 54.8 38.2 37.6 32.6 44.7 41.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Other 9.4 2.1 5.7 1.7 3.6 8.1 3.3 2.6 3.2 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 100.0
Missing data 0.0 0.0 7.1 0.0 2.4 0.5 0.5 7.1 0.6 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Number 32 48 70 59 84 372 367 466 313 271 0 0 0 0 1

Reduce Time to Reunification Without Increasing Reentry (AFCARS Foster Care File)

Time to Reunification (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Less than 12 mos. 52.1 54.2 48.1 48.0 46.6
At least 12 mos., but less than 24 mos. 34.7 31.8 35.7 36.6 36.5
At least 24 mos., but less than 36 mos. 9.3 10.2 11.3 10.4 12.1
At least 36 mos., but less than 48 mos. 2.3 2.5 3.4 3.3 2.4
48 or more mos. 1.5 1.2 1.6 1.7 2.2
Missing data 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2
Number 2,261 2,167 1,956 2,028 1,854
Children Reentering Foster Care (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Children entering care for the first time 96.1 96.5 94.7 88.1 88.7
Children reentering care within 12 mos. of a prior episode 2.5 2.2 1.0 5.6 5.6
Children reentering care more than 12 mos. after a prior episode 1.4 1.1 0.4 4.9 5.0
Missing data <.1 0.2 3.9 1.4 0.7
Number 6,032 5,830 5,531 5,564 5,119

Reduce Time in Foster Care to Adoption (AFCARS Foster Care File)

Time to Adoption (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Less than 12 mos. 4.2 5.2 3.6 3.2 4.0
At least 12 mos., but less than 24 mos. 27.3 28.1 28.0 24.7 25.8
At least 24 mos., but less than 36 mos. 38.0 35.0 34.3 36.3 32.8
At least 36 mos., but less than 48 mos. 15.6 19.4 19.2 21.8 24.4
48 or more mos. 14.9 12.3 14.9 14.0 13.1
Missing data 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Number 1,323 1,330 1,401 1,222 1,366

Increase Placement Stability (AFCARS Foster Care File)

Number of Placements by Time in Care (%)
  In Care Less Than 12 Months In Care at Least 12 months but Less Than 24 months In Care for 24 Months or Longer Time in Care Missing or Out of Range
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Children with 2 or fewer placements 92.1 91.0 90.5 88.5 88.4 75.7 77.2 76.0 72.5 71.9 44.4 45.0 42.4 45.6 38.5 100.0 66.7 29.4 90.9 96.7
Children with 3 or more placements 7.9 9.0 9.5 11.5 11.6 24.3 22.8 24.0 27.5 28.1 55.6 55.0 57.6 54.4 61.5 0.0 33.3 70.6 9.1 3.3
Missing Placement setting counts 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Total number 6,978 6,784 6,397 6,322 5,790 4,249 4,422 4,397 4,510 4,422 4,444 4,292 4,430 4,833 4,922 16 3 17 11 30

Reduce Placement of Young Children in Group Homes or Institutions (AFCARS Foster Care File)

Most Recent Placement Settings of Children Who Entered Care During the Fiscal Year and Were Age 12 or Younger at the Time of This Placement (%)
  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Group homes 2.0 1.6 1.6 2.2 3.0
Institution 2.5 2.7 2.0 2.5 1.7
Other settings 93.7 93.6 93.8 93.0 92.6
Missing data 1.7 2.2 2.6 2.3 2.8
Number 4,681 4,528 4,123 4,308 3,935