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Children in foster care (age 17 and under) in Texas

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The number and rate per 1,000 children (birth to age 17) in foster care. The term foster care refers to care given to children under the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services' (DFPS) legal responsibility who are placed in foster homes, foster group homes, institutions, residential treatment facilities, juvenile facilities, and who are in a placement paid by DFPS or some other public facility.

Data Source

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Data accessed from the Texas Open Data Portal.


Updated November 2022.

Last Updated

December 2023