Nearly 30,000 children, or approximately 6% of all children entering foster care, are placed due to parental incarceration. About 11% of women and 2% of men in prison report having children in foster care.
May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and in North Carolina there are about 12,000 children are in the child welfare system. The number of foster homes in North Carolina were trending up until 2020; it dropped 23% between 2021 and 2202.
While Changed Choices clients often place their children with family, the need for foster care families continues to grow.