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.
(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