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 2014*

Churches*

Alabama

1,027

10,760

Alaska

704

1,050

Arizona

3,641

3,771

Arkansas

1,034

6,343

California

14,098

22,798

Colorado

1,008

3,813

Connecticut

1,227

2,909

Delaware

202

1,009

District of Columbia

243

825

Florida

5,558

16,805

Georgia

1,983

14,380

Hawaii

187

1,163

Idaho

322

1,776

Illinois

2,854

13,097

Indiana

2,731

9,204

Iowa

1,050

4,766

Kansas

2,116

4,615

Kentucky

2,420

6,859

Louisiana

1,033

7,983

Maine

590

1,539

Maryland

464

5,816

Massachusetts

2,771

4,039

Michigan

3,584

11,169

Minnesota

1,188

5,628

Mississippi

1,184

7,718

Missouri

2,325

8,973

Montana

587

1,518

Nebraska

690

2,595

Nevada

2,059

1,248

New Hampshire

159

1,033

New Jersey

2,593

6,713

New Mexico

990

1,796

New York

5,463

14,767

North Carolina

2,416

17,625

North Dakota

262

1,252

Ohio

2,942

14,657

Oklahoma

3,975

6,737

Oregon

1,783

3,646

Pennsylvania

1,896

15,539

Rhode Island

212

703

South Carolina

1,211

9,479

South Dakota

336

1,368

Tennessee

2,652

11,179

Texas

13,238

27,505

Utah

629

2,582

Vermont

232

692

Virginia

1,532

10,952

Washington

3,213

5,393

West Virginia

1,388

3,432

Wisconsin

1,147

6,045

Wyoming

81

803

Puerto Rico

688

 Total

 107,918

 348,067

 

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/children_waiting2014.pdf

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

 

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