The following statistics
are provided by the California Department of Social Services Reporting
System. Most of the data is based on information collected up to December,
102,000 children are in foster care in California. Almost one
third of foster children are under 6 years old. Over half the children
in foster care are under 11 years old.
- Almost half
of the children in foster care have siblings who are also in foster
- 31% of children
in foster care are White, while a majority (69%) are of minority backgrounds.
Of these 32% of all children are Black, 33% are Hispanic, 1% are American
Indian and 3% are Asian/Pacific Islander.
- In the decade
between 1983 and 1993, the number of children in foster care increased
154% in California.
Year Outcomes of Children Entering Foster Care in 1992
- 55% were reunified,
7% were adopted 3% became legal guardians of the caregiver, 3% emancipated
7% had other outcomes and 25% remained in care.
Foster Care Outcomes
- Studies show
that few emancipated foster youth had entered college and more than
a third had not completed high school. Approximately a quarter of
emancipated foster youth have lived on the streets or shelters at
- Around half of
emancipated foster youth were not employed. Nearly half had problems
getting medical care most of the time.
- Over 40% of emancipated
foster youth had been pregnant or fathered a child.
- As of May
2001 there are approximately 56, 603 children in foster care in Los