How long does a foster care child stay with you?
Reunification is always the number one goal with foster care, so a child's stay with you is most likely not permanent. In Washington State, 60% of children will return home or to a relative, and the average time in the foster care system is around 18 months. Nationally the average time is around 13 months before a child returns home. These numbers are simply averages and it truly is on a case-to-case basis.