Number of Children in Foster Care World-wide

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How many children are in foster care world-wide?

2 million.

The article “Child Protection”, published on the UNICEF website, presents an estimate of 2 million children in foster care world-wide. Almost half of this population (800,000) is in Central and Eastern Europe or in the Commonwealth of Independent States. However, the actual number of children in foster care is thought to be significantly higher than 2 million, since this estimate is based only on data coming from registered institutions.

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