There are nearly 9,600 children in state custody in Oklahoma.
Of the number of kids in state custody, between 55-65 percent coming into foster care are placed with their extended family and friends. The remaining percentage of children need recruited foster homes or higher levels of care like group homes or in-patient treatment.
There are more than 350 children on any given day who are legally free and waiting for adoptive families. More than 1,000 children in state custody have a goal of adoption.
More than 60 percent of children in foster care are under the age of 12 and most have brothers and sisters also in care.
The goal is to reunite children with their families when that is safely possible. More than 50 percent of children who come into state custody are reunited with their families. When children cannot go home, DHS searches for adoptive families.
The majority of children adopted each year are adopted by their foster families.
Click here to download the 2015 Kids Count Profile.