The 29th AFCARS report was recently released. This report provides preliminary estimates of Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data for FY 2021.
National foster care and adoption data released show the number of children entering foster care has decreased for the fourth consecutive year, and the number of children adopted from foster care decreased for the second consecutive year.
These numbers align with ACF’s prioritization of prevention and kinship services provided in the community. However, factors related to the pandemic may have also contributed to the observed decreases in foster care and adoption.
As states are permitted to resubmit AFCARS data, the estimates may change over time. This report reflects all AFCARS data received as of June 28, 2022, related to AFCARS reporting periods through September 30, 2021.
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