ISER Research Matters No. 98: The Growing Number of Alaska Children in Foster Care, 2011-2015

March 17, 2016

Nearly 2,700 Alaska children were in foster care in any given month of 2015—20 percent more than in 2014. More children of all races, all ages and all regions of the state were in foster care in 2015. But the fastest growth was among white and other non-Native children; among the youngest children; and among children in Anchorage. These are among the findings of a new paper by Diwakar Vadapalli and Jessica Passini that reports on trends among Alaska children in foster care from 2011 through 2015.

If you have questions, get in touch with Diwakar Vadapalli, assistant professor of public policy, at or (907) 891-6686.

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