Foster and Group Home Families
Did You Know?
- In 2006 there were 510,000 kids in foster care in the US. 1
- Kids spend an average of 2 birthdays in foster care. 1
- 17% (88,475) of children in care live in group care or institutional settings. 1
- Currently, more than 124,000 foster children, or one-quarter of all children in foster care in the United States, are placed with relative foster parents (kinship care). 2
For multiple reasons, children might be cared for by foster parents or people who work in institutions for short or long periods of time. Consider these tips to help you raise successful kids.
1. The Pew Charitable Trusts. (2009). Kids are waiting: Fix foster care now. Retrieved from http://www.kidsarewaiting.org/publications/statefacts
2. The Pew Charitable Trusts, & Generations United. (2007). Time for reform. Retrieved from
3. The Pew Charitable Trusts, & Generations United. (2007). Time for reform. Retrieved from
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What the Research Says:
• Research shows that it is important for foster families to help children preserve important connections with their siblings. Sibling relationships play a major role in how children develop and learn to interact with other people and sibling bonds, just like parent-child bonds, influence children’s developing sense of attachment. 3