Data analyzed by Rutgers University found that 4,733 children under the age of 18 entered out-of-home placements in 2015. It also found that the rate of children entering foster care (per 1,000) was 2.3.
According to the most recent data available from the NJ Department of Children and Families, 7,805 children are currently awaiting adoption (“in placement”). Of these children, 2,814 have the goal of adoption, and approximately 90 percent of those will be adopted by foster parents.
The DCF estimates that it finalizes adoptions of nearly 1,000 children every year.