Who is in foster care in Washington State?
There are nearly 10,000 kids in foster care in Washington State due to neglect or abuse. They should be learning to walk, ride a bike, or read. They should be thinking about what they want to be when they grow up, what they want for Christmas, and where to go to college. Instead, kids in foster care are wondering if the adults taking care of them will keep them safe, if anyone will remember their birthday, or if they ever get to go home.
It isn’t easy to be a kid in foster care.
Nearly a quarter of brothers and sisters in foster care are separated. The more siblings there are in a family, the more likely it is that they won’t all be placed together.
More than half of all kids in foster care are age six or younger.
Kids of color, particularly African American and Native American kids, are overrepresented in the child welfare system in Washington state compared to the general population.
Most kids who are adopted from foster care will have spent three or more years in care before their adoption is finalized.
But you can make it better.
“Washington State Fact Sheet.” Casey Family Programs. (2014, April). Retrieved November 30, 2015 from: http://www.casey.org/media/Washington_SIFS_2014_SC1.pdf.
Partners for Our Children Data Portal Team. (2015). Retrieved November 30 2015 from: http://data.partnersforourchildren.org/data-portal/.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation. KIDS COUNT Data Center. (2015, April). Retrieved November 30, 2015 from: http://datacenter.kidscount.org.