From The Washington Policy Center
In Washington State, in fiscal year 2007:
There were 1,566,400 children under age 18
living in Washington.
42,300 children under age 18 were referred to the
Children’s Administration and accepted for
investigation. This is 2.7 percent of Washington
State’s child population.
After a referral is accepted for investigation by the
Children’s Administration, some children are then
placed in out-of-home care. In 2007, about 7,500
children were placed in out-of-home care at least
On any given day during the year, the
Children’s Administration estimates that 10,000
children were living in out-of-home care in the
custody of the state:
Of these, just over a third were living with
About two-thirds were living with non-relative foster families or other state-sponsored arrangements.
About 2,500 children were in formal
guardianships overseen by the Children’s
Administration. Guardianships are considered
“permanent” placements, so they are not included
in the “out-of-home” care numbers.
In 2007, the Children’s Administration estimates
that 7,200 children left out-of-home care. They
4,630 children were reunified with their
1,283 were adopted;
394 were placed in new guardianships, and;
808 had “other” exits, which include those
who reached age 18, those with a transfer
of custody, those with no exit reason, and a
very small proportion that died.