Waiting Kids in Your State

Waiting Children in U.S. Foster Care

Throughout the United States, more than 100,000 children and youth are in need of permanent adoptive families.  For reasons such as abuse, neglect, and abandonment, their birth families are unwilling or unable to provide for the needs of these kids.  Once the court has determined they cannot safely live with birth family, the search begins for a family willing to adopt.  Unfortunately for many kids, the waiting time for that family can be months or even years.

The chart below shows the official number of children in your state’s foster care system waiting for adoptive families (as reported by states to the federal government). The number of children in foster care in each state is much higher – this number only represents those awaiting permanent families. The powerful point illustrated in the chart below is this: with the number of churches in the U.S., why should we have any waiting children in U.S. foster care?

To view pictures of some of the waiting children and youth, please visit the AdoptUSKids web site.

 

State

Children Waiting FY 2013*

Churches*

Alabama

1,076

10,760

Alaska

866

1,050

Arizona

3,579

3,771

Arkansas

994

6,343

California

13,167

22,798

Colorado

896

3,813

Connecticut

1,158

2,909

Delaware

218

1,009

District of Columbia

268

825

Florida

3,458

16,805

Georgia

1,799

14,380

Hawaii

154

1,163

Idaho

328

1,776

Illinois

3,103

13,097

Indiana

2,437

9,204

Iowa

964

4,766

Kansas

1,843

4,615

Kentucky

1,843

6,859

Louisiana

961

7,983

Maine

564

1,539

Maryland

498

5,816

Massachusetts

2,489

4,039

Michigan

3,337

11,169

Minnesota

1,080

5,628

Mississippi

999

7,718

Missouri

2,165

8,973

Montana

498

1,518

Nebraska

705

2,595

Nevada

1,956

1,248

New Hampshire

189

1,033

New Jersey

2,443

6,713

New Mexico

880

1,796

New York

5,843

14,767

North Carolina

2,172

17,625

North Dakota

237

1,252

Ohio

2,976

14,657

Oklahoma

3,241

6,737

Oregon

1,854

3,646

Pennsylvania

1,908

15,539

Rhode Island

250

703

South Carolina

1,226

9,479

South Dakota

354

1,368

Tennessee

2,668

11,179

Texas

12,991

27,505

Utah

608

2,582

Vermont

213

692

Virginia

1,503

10,952

Washington

3,101

5,393

West Virginia

1,364

3,432

Wisconsin

1,153

6,045

Wyoming

85

803

Puerto Rico

797

 Total

 101,840

 348,067

 

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/children_waiting2013.pdf

http://list.infousa.com/acl.htm

 

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