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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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