More than 50% of foster parents quit within their first year of service. In Kansas, the average time for a foster family to quit fostering is within 10 months. Nationally, an estimated 65% of adoptive placements disrupt, which results in returning the children to foster care. This burnout rate is one of the many drivers creating Kansas's child welfare crisis in which there are not enough foster and adoptive families to care for vulnerable children.
Because of this shortage of available families foster children are placed in group homes, are moved every 24 hours, or sleep in agency offices. This is a tragedy as research is clear that children who grow up without a permanent family face a frightening future, excluded from the opportunities that most children are given.