Trends in U.S. foster care placements in the past ten years show improvements according to the latest released Annie E. Casey Foundation (April 2019) report.  By focusing on the Family First law Missouri has managed to place 2.6 times more (13%) children who enter the foster care system with relatives and foster families compared to the national average (5%).

The new report also notes that while improvements in the number of children place outside traditional group homes and institutions has declined, national placement of black and older children (13 -18 years) has remained stagnant over the last 10 years. For example, in 2017 only 81% Black children compared to 86% Latino and 87% White were placed with families. Similarly, only 58% of the children aged 13 years and older compared to 95% aged 12 and younger were placed with families.

Child Welfare Systems Least Likely to Place Black Children in Family Settings

(Source: https://www.aecf.org/m/blogdoc/1200x628px_Child_Welfare_Systems_Least_Likely_to_Place_Black_Children_in_Family_Settings.png)

Missouri Family and Community Trust (FACT) is a not-for-profit organization serving as the Annie E. Casey sponsored KIDS COUNT® organization in Missouri - Missouri KIDS COUNT®. ARCHS serves as FACT’s KIDS COUNT® representative in the St. Louis region.

In St. Louis, ARCHS provides funding and resources to support the work of the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition to prevent adoption disruption, support family well-being, and secure adoptive homes for children waiting in state custody.

REF: The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (2019). Keeping Kids in Families: Trends in U.S Foster Care placements. Baltimore, MD. Retrieved from https://www.aecf.org/resources/keeping-kids-in-families/