The Children's Bureau released a new Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report for 2011 (October 1-September 30, 2011). According to the report:
- In 2011, there was a continued trend toward fewer children waiting for adoption (104,236 children, down from 109,456 in 2010 and from 133,682 in 2007).
- During the reporting period, parental rights were terminated for 61,361 children.
- The mean age for children waiting for adoption was 8 years, and their mean age when they entered foster care was 5 years.
- 23% of the children were in relative foster homes, and 54% were in non-relative foster homes.
- 12% of the children were in pre-adoptive homes.
- 9% of the children were in a group home or institution.
- 40% of the children waiting for adoption were white, 28% Black or African American, 22% Hispanic of any race, 6% two or more races and 2% American Indian/Alaskan Native.
- 53% of the children were boys and 47% were girls.
- The mean time these children had been in care was 23.6 years.