9 Excellent Foster Care & Adoption Data Sources
Conducting research for a foster care, adoption or child welfare article or report?
Here are some outstanding resources (in alpha order):
• For each state includes
• Foster and Adoption Licensing Requirements
• Costs for Fostering and Adopting
• Agency Contact and Orientation Information
• Parent Support Group Contacts
• Information on Arizona's Waiting Children
A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families.
Extensive data on available nationally or parsed by state according to:
• Economic Well Being
• Family and Community
• Safety & Risk Behaviors
Interactive map with state-by-state information that includes:
• Adoption Agencies
• Adoption Attorneys
• Adoption Laws & Statues
• International, Domestic and Foster Care Adoption Laws
• Who can access adoption records
Interactive map by state shows:
Child Welfare Demonstration Project (CWDP) funding waiver states vs. non-waiver states
Number of children in foster care
Specific number per state
Percent in care due to abuse versus neglect
What happens to the children in foster care (percentage reunited, adopted, aged out, etc)
How federal funding is used per state
Frequently cited in foster care/adoption research, the Children’s Bureau supports the development of state and tribal child welfare reporting systems to enable the collection and analysis of important information about children and families, as well as improve case practice and management. "Statistics and Research" includes:
State & Tribal Information Systems
The Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) is a federally funded, yet voluntary, case management system for states. A tribe also may develop a similar system, referred to as a Tribal Automated Child Welfare Information System (TACWIS).
Statistics & Research
Using information collected through various monitoring and reporting systems, the Children's Bureau analyzes and reports data on a variety of topics, including adoption, foster care, and child abuse and neglect
CB Funded Research
The Children’s Bureau funds research in collaboration with other organizations.
Includes extensive information on the US Foster Care system and children, such as:
The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) collects case-level information from state and tribal title IV-E agencies on all children in foster care and those who have been adopted with title IV-E agency involvement. Title IV-E agencies are required to submit AFCARS data twice a year.
The National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) is a voluntary data collection system that gathers information from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico about reports of child abuse and neglect.
The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) collects information about youth in foster care, including outcomes for those who have aged out of foster care.
(7) Child Trends: Federal and State/Local Child Welfare Agency Spending per Child, 2004–2014
Extensive data about the health and well-being of children in California including:
• Child and Youth Safety
• Children with Special Health Care Needs
• Education & Child Care
• Emotional & Behavioral Health
• Environmental Health
• Family Economics
• Physical Health
Colored map showing state’s laws with regard to LGBT people and foster care