Foster Care Statistics

According to the most recent data, there are approximately 407,383 children in the foster care system. Statistics show a link between foster care and homelessness.

There are over 100,000 children in foster care who are waiting for adoption (these children represent those whose parental rights have been terminated).

Life clearly has unique challenges for children who are placed in foster care. Some of these children might suffer from a variety of trauma, such as:

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Aging Out of Foster Care Statistics

Of the youth who are aging out of foster care (18 years old and up):

These statistics of youth who are aging out of foster care suggest that many are not prepared to be self-sufficient when they leave the system.


Foster Care and Homelessness Statistics

Young people in the foster system are also more likely to experience homelessness. This exemplifies the struggles and lack of support that many foster youth struggle with.


California Homelessness Statistics

In California, young people in the foster care system are a significant factor in the state’s widespread homeless crisis. Here are some key foster care statistics for California:


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Foster Care and Homelessness Resources 

Penny Lane provides resources for young people who are aging out of foster care.

The most recent foster care statistics suggest a dire situation for young people who are in or aging out of the system. You can help make the statistics more favorable by getting involved with Penny Lane Centers.

You can help us by: