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WA foster care: data and reports

In Washington in 2020

  • ~8100 children in foster care
    • about 45% of children in foster care live with a kinship caregiver
    • 50% are in a licensed foster home
    • 6% live in non-family settings like group homes


  • There are ~5000 licensed foster homes
    • ~75% are licensed directly with the state
    • ~25% are licensed through private agencies,
    • but this varies enormously by geography (e.g Pierce County non-kinship is 50% private agency homes, Spokane County is 5%) [all figures are from pocdata.org].
Jac Fitzgerald

Ombudsman Annual Report on DCYF

The OFFICE OF THE FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S OMBUDS (OFCO) works to ensure that government agencies respond appropriately to children in need of state protection, children

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