FACT: 7,000 children spend time in foster care in Arkansas every year.
FACT: Today there are about 4,500 children in foster care.
FACT: Children are placed in foster homes because they have been removed from their own families due to abuse, neglect, or other family problems that endanger their safety.
FACT: Each child deserves a safe, loving temporary home where they can heal and grow.
FACT: Children in foster care range in age from infancy through 18 years of age.
FACT: Some children have special medical, physical, or emotional needs.
FACT: Children in foster care are from every ethnicity or race.
FACT: 85% of the time the permanency goal for children who enter foster care is reunification with their biological family.
FACT: 50% of children in foster care in Arkansas must be placed outside their home county because there are not enough foster homes available to care for children in their home county.
FACT: Sibling groups, teens, and children with special medical needs are the most difficult to place – either in a foster home or an adoptive home.
FACT: 500 children are available for adoption in Arkansas and waiting for a forever family.
FACT: The average age of a child waiting to be adopted in Arkansas is 8 years old.
FACT: There are very few children under the age of 2 available for adoption from foster care.
FACT: Every year about 250 teens between 18 and 21 “age out” of the foster care system without a permanent family connection.