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2000 Jordan Institute
for Families

Vol. 2, No. 2
April 1997

Length of Stay in Foster Care: How Does North Carolina Compare?

How does North Carolina match up to other states when it comes to the length of time children spend in state custody? The figures in the following table represent the median length of stay during 1988-93. The median length of stay in North Carolina in April 1997 was 17.3 months.

State
Months in Care
Texas
8.7
Michigan
12
North Carolina
18
California
18.1
New York
24.5
Illinois
35.8

Sources

Multistate Data Archive and the N.C. Child Welfare Database.

1997 Jordan Institute for Families