The population of youth in foster care in the United States has increased for the fifth consecutive year, according to a report from the federal Department of Health and Human Services. However, a national nonprofit publication said there are signs that number could be plateauing.
The annual Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System’s annual report showed 442,995 youth living in foster care as of Sept. 30, 2017. That is a 1.5 percent increase from the previous year.
However, the number of youth entering care in 2017 slightly declined from the year before, according to the Chronicle for Social Change.
But in Missouri, the number of children in foster care increased from 2017 to 2018 by 1.85 percent, with 13,642 in custody at the end of November. Additionally, Missouri has 22.2 percent more children in care now than at the end of December, 2013, and 31.7 percent more in care than at the end of December, 2009. This is all according to the Missouri Department of Social Services Children Division.