The Statistics

According to one report on the state of foster care in the US, Oregon has been rated 49th in the country.  In the 2015 Oregon Data Book, there were over 11,000 kids in our foster care system with about a third of those kids living in the Tri-County area.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 98% of the kids that we serve – who are in the adoption process – successfully transition out of state care into adoption.
  • 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.

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