Number of children in foster care in the United States in 2017, by time in care

Foster care in the U.S. - number of children 2017, by time in care This statistic shows the number of children in foster care in the United States in 2017, by time in care. In 2017, about 24,838 children in foster care were in foster care for 5 years or more.
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Number of children
Less than 1 month22,632
1-5 months96,006
6-11 months91,065
12-17 months68,107
18-23 months45,546
24-29 months33,576
30-35 months21,155
3-4 years39,973
5 years or more24,838
Number of children
Less than 1 month22,632
1-5 months96,006
6-11 months91,065
12-17 months68,107
18-23 months45,546
24-29 months33,576
30-35 months21,155
3-4 years39,973
5 years or more24,838
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This statistic shows the number of children in foster care in the United States in 2017, by time in care. In 2017, about 24,838 children in foster care were in foster care for 5 years or more.
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Release date
November 2018
Region
United States
Survey time period
September 30, 2017
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Data as of September 30, 2017.
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