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 Heart Gallery of America web site.

 

State

Children Waiting FY 2012*

Churches*

Alabama

1,155

10,760

Alaska

786

1,050

Arizona

2,910

3,771

Arkansas

1,020

6,343

California

13,091

22,798

Colorado

916

3,813

Connecticut

1,385

2,909

Delaware

243

1,009

District of Columbia

303

825

Florida

5,127

16,805

Georgia

1,645

14,380

Hawaii

223

1,163

Idaho

278

1,776

Illinois

2,936

13,097

Indiana

2,318

9,204

Iowa

961

4,766

Kansas

1,853

4,615

Kentucky

1,999

6,859

Louisiana

1,088

7,983

Maine

480

1,539

Maryland

559

5,816

Massachusetts

2,468

4,039

Michigan

3,583

11,169

Minnesota

983

5,628

Mississippi

890

7,718

Missouri

2,065

8,973

Montana

403

1,518

Nebraska

904

2,595

Nevada

1,879

1,248

New Hampshire

182

1,033

New Jersey

2,226

6,713

New Mexico

836

1,796

New York

6,056

14,767

North Carolina

2,070

17,625

North Dakota

210

1,252

Ohio

2,655

14,657

Oklahoma

2,803

6,737

Oregon

2,062

3,646

Pennsylvania

1,924

15,539

Rhode Island

223

703

South Carolina

1,330

9,479

South Dakota

397

1,368

Tennessee

2,514

11,179

Texas

13,148

27,505

Utah

566

2,582

Vermont

226

692

Virginia

1,517

10,952

Washington

2,865

5,393

West Virginia

1,404

3,432

Wisconsin

1,129

6,045

Wyoming

107

803

Puerto Rico

818

 Total

 101,719

 348,067

 

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/children_waiting2012.pdf

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