The Statistics

According to one report on the state of foster care in the US, Oregon has been rated 49th in the country. More than 11,000 children ended up spending at least a day in foster care in Oregon during the 2016 fiscal year, according to a recently released report from DHS, with 7,600 in foster care on average in a day. About a third of those kids live in the Tri-County area.

  • In the United States, a child is removed from their parent or primary caregiver every two minutes. In September 2015, the government estimated over 430,000 children were in foster care. (2)
  • Youngsters who find themselves in placement are between the ages of 0 and 17. Of those, 30 percent are cared for by a relative, and nearly half reside in non-relative homes through the foster care program. (2)
  • Children in the court system can move from foster home to foster home an average of 4 to 6 times. Some children will move more than 15 times.
  • The average age of children in foster care is 8 1/2 years old. (1)
  • The average age of children adopted from foster care is 6 years old. (1)
  • 27% of children stay in the system for more than 3 years
  • Children spend an average of 28 months in the foster care system.
  • 42% of foster children will drop out of high school.
  • Foster children are 63 times more likely to be incarcerated.
  • 1 in 5 foster children will be homeless.
  • Multnomah County has one of the worst ratings for foster care placement stability – ranked 25 out of 36 counties in the state of Oregon.
  • On average, 16% of children re-enter the foster care system.
  • Up to 25% of children with similar mental health challenges to those we serve experience adoption disruption.
  • 1 in 5 will be homeless within 1 year of aging out of the child welfare system. (3)
  • Less than 3% will earn a college degree. (3)
  • More than 25% have post-traumatic stress disorder. (3)
  • More than 70% of females are pregnant by 21 years of age. (3)
  • Less than 50% will graduate from high school (3)
  • More than 30% are arrested. (3)

  • Of the children we serve who are going through the adoption process, 98% successfully transition out of state care.
  • In 2010, we served 130 children. Now we serve an average of 500 children per year.
  • 82% of the children we assisted achieved improved stability and health.
  • Less than 3% of all the children we serve utilize hospital services.

High five

(1) 2015 Data from AFCARS Report No. 23 dated July 2016
(2) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau: Child Welfare Information Gateway (2017) Foster care statistics 2015; Foster Club: Foster Care Facts
Los Angeles Times: Orangewood an Inspiration in Child-Abuse Fight; San Diego County: Polinsky Children’s Center
(3) Dream Its Possible Grant Infographic