Where are America's Foster Children

By Ross Perez 21 Feb, 2011

Thank you to Steve Wexler for the information in this blog post.

According to recent studies by the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, America's foster children are not always receiving the care that they need.

One of the key findings was that many states tend to place children out of their family for foster care, when kinship foster care has been found to be more effective and safe. Take a look at the visualization below to learn about your state.

Just as important as kinship placement rates are congregate care placement rates (when children are placed in group homes or institutions). Often, these placements can be unsafe and also counter-productive in helping children in difficult situations. Use the filter at the top right to switch between the two metrics.


Submitted by Steve W. on

Ross, thanks for sharing this. It's a bit cramped within the confines of this blog post. Those wishing to explore a version that has a bit more elbow room can find another version at http://www.datarevelations.com/foster-care-placement-in-us.

non-humans click here