How long a child is in a foster home depends on the case situation and each case is different. According to the AFCARS Report (Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Report), by September 30, 2006,the average length of stay in a foster home was 28 months, or a little over 2 years. 19% waited 1-5 months, 18% waited 6-11 months, 13% waited 12-17 months, and 13% waited 5 years or more in foster care.
The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) has provided the following information. This data was submitted for the FY 2002, which runs from 10/1/05 through 9/30/06. This data can give us an idea of how a typical year looks for foster care and adoption. This data does not mean that a child will definitely be in your home for the amount of time shown in this FAQ, but can give us an idea of the time range.