The Administration on Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services recently released the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS) report for FY 2010. The annual AFCARS report is a collection of case-level data on all children in the state child welfare system as well as adoptive and foster parents.
A comparison of the AFCARS report for FY 2009 and the AFCARS report for FY 2010 shows that some 15,000 less children were in foster care on September 30, 2010, than on September 30, 2009. On a similar note, the number of children waiting to be adopted decreased between 2009 and 2010. Just as in 2009, the majority of children waiting to be adopted lived in foster family homes. The data on the placement settings of foster children remained relatively similar, with around 48% of children placed in a nonrelative foster family home. The data on children exiting foster care shows that more children exited foster care in FY 2009 than in FY 2010.