What Is The Average Amount of Time Children Stay In Foster Care

How Long Do Children Stay In Foster Care?


In this video Trey Rabun of Amara discusses the average time a child stays in the foster care system before reunifying with their parents or becoming "legally free for adoption".

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.

Posted by Trey Rabun

Trey graduated with his Master's in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011 and soon after begun his career at Amara. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Hampton University and a Master's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois. Trey spent 4 ½ years as a case manager at Amara assessing, licensing, and supporting foster parents and their foster children. In April 2016, he took on a new role leading Amara's efforts in outreach and recruitment of foster parents. Personally, Trey and his partner have been foster parents for about 1 ½ years and currently have a two-year-old foster child. In his free time, Trey enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing with his Pug.

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