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By the numbers Foster care in the Inland Northwest

Number of children in foster care: Washington, 10,068; Idaho, 1,818

Number of licensed family foster homes: Washington 6,223; Idaho 1,562

Percent of children placed in facilities rather than foster homes: Washington, 6 percent; Idaho 14 percent

Average length of time spent in foster care: Washington, 22.2 months; Idaho 19.3 months

Sources: Children’s Rights,

the National Foster Parent Association and the University of Maryland School of Social Work


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