Missouri Foster Care Facts & Figures

Thousands of people across the state of Missouri are impacted by foster care each year. Want to know how? Here are some facts and figures:

  • The average length of stay for a Missouri child in foster care is 2 years.
  • There are over 68,000 reported incidents of neglect in Missouri last year.
  • 19,400 children are in the care of Missouri Children’s Division right now.
  • Children in foster care have an average of 3 placements.
  • The average age of a foster child is 8-years old.
  • Children over the age of 9 are 50% less likely to be adopted than younger children.
  • Over 500 kids aged out of the foster care system in Missouri last year without a permanent, legal family.
  • More than 7,000 kids enter the Missouri foster care system each year.
  • 6,600 kids exit the Missouri foster care system annually by returning home, guardianship or adoption.
  • Approximately 1,300 foster care adoptions were finalized in Missouri last year.


All data can be found in the 2015 Missouri Children’s Division Annual Report. For additional data, click here.