Foster Care by the numbers


In February 2021:

  • Virginia had 5,240 children in foster care with a total of 1,930 new children entering foster care.
  • Virginia had 2,964 (57%) children placed in non-relative foster homes.
  • There were a total of 1,877 (36%) of children between the ages of 13 and 18 in foster care.
  • The average age of children in care in February 2021 was 10.66 years old.

In 2020:

  • 858 children were adopted from foster care.
  • Virginia had 406 (16%) children exit to emancipation.
Sources: VDSS Office of Research and Planning Foster Care Children Demographic Report
SafeMeasures Active Foster Care Length of Stay (from Last Removal: 03/15/21 extract)
SafeMeasures Scorecard – Discharges to Permanency (03/15/21 extract)
Active Foster Care Children Report (03-01-2021) VDSS Office of Research and Planning Foster Care Children Outcomes Report