The Issue

WHAT WE ARE FACING

The Child Welfare system is complex. Turnover is at an all-time high. The number of children entering the foster care system is increasing. Services are becoming less individualized. 

Foster Care & Adoption
Adoption 26.74%

There were nearly 437,465 children in foster care in 2016 in which there where more than 117,000 youth in care awaiting adoption in the United States.

Frontline Workers
Turnover 40%

The average turnover rate was 40% for front-line workers in New York City foster care in 2017.

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National

The average length of stay for a child in foster care in NY is 32 months, with a national average of 21.9 months.

LGBTQ+ Based Violence
LGBTQ+ Youth 78%

LGBTQ+ youth represent about 10%-24% of all youth in foster care while 78% of LGBTQ youth in out-of-home reported violence based on their LGBTQ+ identity.

30,000

More than 30,000 youth in foster care age out or run away each year, often leaving without connections to family or caring adults.