Facts About Children in Foster Care There are approximately 8,000 children from the ages of birth to 21 who are living in out-of-home care in Kentucky. • The greatest percentage (approximately 50 percent) of these children are age 12 and older. • Many have brothers and sisters who also need care. • They represent all races and many ethnic groups. • Most have suffered some type of abuse and/or neglect by their birth family. • Their needs may include medical problems, physical disabilities, developmental delays, or behavioral and emotional disabilities. • Many infants who come into care have experienced prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol. • Most (75 percent) are able to return home when their birth families or relatives can provide appropriate care for them. 3 • Many utilize programs that assist them in obtaining education and job skill training after high school graduation.