Anne Arundel County has about 130 children at any given time who are in need of foster care placement or adoptive homes. But there are far fewer foster or adoptive parents available to care for the children.
Our statistics document that the greatest need we now have is for foster homes/parents to care for teenagers, sibling groups, and medically-fragile infants (especially those who have been born substance exposed).
As of May 2019, 124 children are under the care and custody of Anne Arundel County's Department of Social Services. About 60 new children enter into foster care in the County each year.
Of the 124 children in our care, nearly half are teenagers. About 22% of new children entering foster care are under 12 months old, and of those, many are born drug exposed.
100% of our children have experienced some form of trauma. Although this trauma may manifest itself in unique ways for each child, even our youngest children will have been impacted.