Change Indicator

Children in foster care in Louisiana

Children in foster care

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Definition and Source



Number - children under age 18 in the foster care system.
Rate - children in foster care per 1,000 children under age 18 in the population.

Data Source

Agenda for Children's analysis of data provided by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, by special request, 2011-2019 - Puzzanchera, C., Sladky, A. and Kang, W. (2021). "Easy Access to Juvenile Populations: 1990-2020," 2020-2022 - U.S. Census Bureau, Census Population Estimates Program


Data are reported according to the location of court of entry into foster care. Note that the parish location data was missing for a small number of children each year, and a very small (<5) number of children in foster care have cases that originated in other states. As a result, the statewide total is larger than the sum of data from all parishes.

Data are unduplicated, so if a child entered and exited foster care multiple times over the course of the year, he/she would only be counted once.

LNE - "low number event" reflects a number or rate based on at least one but fewer than five events.

Last Updated

December 2023