Change Indicator

Children in foster care in North Carolina

Children in foster care

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definition and Source



The number of individuals under age 22 placed in foster care during the state fiscal year (July – June).

Data Source

Duncan, D.F., Flair, K.A., Stewart, C.J., Guest, S., Rose, R.A., and Malley, K.M.D.(2020). Management Assistance for Child Welfare, Work First, and Food & Nutrition Services in North Carolina (v3.2). Special Data Request received December 2022.


Rolling quarters are used to specify a year. Foster care refers to children placed under legal custody of the North Carolina Department of Social Services who are placed with relatives, in emergency shelters, group homes, residential facilities or other approved placements.

Totals for counties and state may include youths age 18 through age 21.

Last Updated

February 2022