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Foster Care Facts

The State of Foster Care in California

62,097 = Number of children in foster care in California (2014)

= Number of children in foster care, Santa Clara County (2014)

15 months
= Median number of months in foster care (2012)

Reasons for Foster Care Placement

Neglect 85%
Physical Abuse 8%
Sexual Abuse 2%
Other 6%


At least 38 percent of foster youth live in five or more foster homes.

One third of youth who age out of the foster care system have mental health problems.

The most prevalent diagnoses are Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, alcohol or substance abuse and major depression.

Almost one quarter of those who have exited foster care have reported to be homeless at least once since leaving the system.


US Dept. of Health and Human Services AFCARS report, 2013
California Department of Social Services