Unaccompanied Children Released to Sponsors by County

Publication Date: June 24, 2021

When a child who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).  Federal law requires that ORR feed, shelter, and provide medical care for unaccompanied children until it is able to release them to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members), while they await immigration proceedings. These sponsors live in many states.

Sponsors are adults who are suitable to provide for the child’s physical and mental well-being and have not engaged in any activity that would indicate a potential risk to the child. All sponsors must pass a background check. The sponsor must agree to ensure the child’s presence at all future immigration proceedings. They also must agree to ensure the minor reports to ICE for removal from the United States if an immigration judge issues a removal order or voluntary departure order. 

HHS is engaging with state officials to address concerns they may have about the care or impact of unaccompanied children in their states, while making sure the children are treated humanely and consistent with the law as they go through immigration court proceedings that will determine whether they will be removed and repatriated, or qualify for some form of relief.

HHS has strong policies in place to ensure the privacy and safety of unaccompanied children by maintaining the confidentiality of their personal information. These children may have histories of abuse or may be seeking safety from threats of violence. They may have been trafficked or smuggled.  HHS cannot release information about individual children that could compromise the child’s location or identity.



The following table shows county-level data for unaccompanied children released to sponsors by the counties/county equivalents where the sponsors live, where 50 or more children have been released for FY2021 (since October 1, 2020) as of August 31, 2021. This data covers 266 counties and county equivalents nationwide and comprises 80,199 of the 92,484 total children released to sponsors in this period. ACF will update this data each month. Additional data on unaccompanied children released to sponsors by county is available on the HHS website Visit disclaimer page .

View unaccompanied children released to sponsors by state.

State County Total Number of UC Released to Sponsors in FY21 (thru Aug 2021)
AL Baldwin County 135
AL Coffee County 71
AL Franklin County 56
AL Jefferson County 278
AL Lee County 118
AL Madison County 52
AL Marshall County 193
AL Mobile County 82
AL Montgomery County 67
AL Morgan County 67
AL Tuscaloosa County 86
AR Benton County 88
AR Faulkner County 59
AR Pulaski County 204
AR  Saline County 61
AR Washington County 115
AZ Maricopa County 528
CA Alameda County 730
CA Contra Costa County 361
CA Fresno County 291
CA Kern County 184
CA Los Angeles County 3,643
CA Marin County 223
CA Monterey County 188
CA Orange County 452
CA Riverside County 513
CA Sacramento County 151
CA San Bernardino County 290
CA San Diego County 316
CA San Francisco County 304
CA San Joaquin County 160
CA San Mateo County 485
CA Santa Barbara County 90
CA Santa Clara County 298
CA Solano County 84
CA Stanislaus County 54
CA Ventura County 139
CO Adams County 85
CO Arapahoe County 217
CO Denver County 149
CO El Paso County 130
CO Weld County 61
CT Fairfield County 778
CT Hartford County 95
CT New Haven County 256
CT New London County 50
DC District of Columbia 266
DE Sussex County 370
FL Bay County 68
FL Brevard County 66
FL Broward County 678
FL Collier County 546
FL Duval County 502
FL Escambia County 147
FL Hillsborough County 599
FL Lee County 777
FL Manatee County 251
FL Marion County 59
FL Martin County 221
FL Miami-Dade County 1,894
FL Okaloosa County 143
FL Orange County 775
FL Osceola County 65
FL Palm Beach County 1,703
FL Polk County 137
FL Sarasota County 52
FL Seminole County 112
FL St. Lucie County 128
FL Walton County 98
GA Chatham County 101
GA Cherokee County 154
GA Clayton County 85
GA Cobb County 397
GA DeKalb County 812
GA Fulton County 141
GA Gilmer County 52
GA Gwinnett County 709
GA Hall County 214
GA Houston County 62
GA Muscogee County 57
GA Whitfield County 61
IA Polk County 144
IA Woodbury County 88
IA Champaign County 90
IL Cook County 803
IL DuPage County 160
IL Kane County 110
IL Lake County 119
IN Allen County 86
IN Elkhart County 96
IN Jackson County 80
IN Marion County 746
KS Ford County 69
KS Johnson County 94
KS Wyandotte County 200
KY Fayette County 108
KY Jefferson County 268
KY Kenton County 93
KY Shelby County 75
KY Warren County 67
LA Ascension Parish 55
LA Bossier Parish 59
LA Calcasieu Parish 76
LA East Baton Rouge Parish 422
LA Jefferson Parish 737
LA Lafayette Parish 151
LA Livingston Parish 69
LA Orleans Parish 321
LA St. Mary Parish 50
LA St. Tammany Parish 90
MA Bristol County 212
MA Essex County 578
MA Hampden County 85
MA Middlesex County 484
MA Plymouth County 86
MA Suffolk County 494
MA Worcester County 156
MD Anne Arundel County 283
MD Baltimore County 512
MD Baltimore city 671
MD Caroline County 57
MD Charles County 63
MD Frederick County 174
MD Howard County 154
MD Montgomery County 1,045
MD Prince George's County 1,439
MD Washington County 52
MI Kent County 148
MI Wayne County 116
MI Dakota County 85
MN Hennepin County 228
MN Nobles County 100
MN Ramsey County 121
MO Jackson County 212
MO Jasper County 53
MO St. Louis County 110
MO  St. Louis city 101
MS Harrison County 123
MS Madison County 52
MS Scott County 83
NC Buncombe County 81
NC Burke County 75
NC Duplin County 76
NC Durham County 339
NC  Forsyth County 93
NC Gaston County 52
NC Guilford County 104
NC Johnston County 56
NC Lee County 59
NC Mecklenburg County 1,225
NC New Hanover County 95
NC Robeson County 70
NC Sampson County 65
NC Wake County 390
NC Wayne County 78
NE Dodge County 72
NE Douglas County 335
NE Hall County 81
NE Lancaster County 66
NH Hillsborough County 53
NJ Atlantic County 85
NJ Bergen County 367
NJ Burlington County 58
NJ Camden County 206
NJ Cumberland County 111
NJ Essex County 736
NJ Hudson County 457
NJ Mercer County 739
NJ Middlesex County 273
NJ Monmouth County 159
NJ Morris County 368
NJ Ocean County 124
NJ Passaic County 234
NJ Somerset County 92
NJ Union County 783
NJ Warren County 53
NV Clark County 309
NV Washoe County 75
NY Bronx County 461
NY Dutchess County 109
NY Kings County 1,046
NY Nassau County 1,064
NY Orange County 282
NY Putnam County 72
NY Queens County 1,314
NY Rockland County 553
NY Suffolk County 1,528
NY Ulster County 80
NY Westchester County 570
OH Butler County 120
OH Franklin County 311
OH Hamilton County 491
OH Montgomery County 102
OH Stark County 94
OH Tuscarawas County 103
OK Oklahoma County 337
OK Tulsa County 325
OR Multnomah County 110
OR Washington County 104
PA Allegheny County 87
PA Bucks County 72
PA Chester County 185
PA Delaware County 129
PA Lancaster County 64
PA Montgomery County 205
PA Philadelphia County 658
RI Providence County 388
SC Beaufort County 69
SC Berkeley County 123
SC Charleston County 190
SC Dorchester County 61
SC Greenville County 290
SC Horry County 159
SC Lexington County 139
SC Richland county 104
SD Minnehaha County 66
TN Davidson County 1,430
TN Hamblen County 78
TN Hamilton County 328
TN Knox County 202
TN Putnam County 76
TN Robertson County 52
TN Rutherford County 214
TN Sevier County 149
TN Shelby County 640
TX Bexar County 487
TX Brazos County 73
TX Collin County 228
TX Dallas County 2,290
TX Denton County 165
TX Fort Bend County 135
TX Galveston County 174
TX Harris County 6,060
TX Hays County 57
TX Hidalgo County 57
TX Jefferson County 122
TX Liberty County 67
TX Montgomery County 270
TX Tarrant County 520
TX Travis County 1,244
TX Williamson County 73
UT Salt Lake County 144
VA Albemarle County 51
VA Alexandria city 188
VA Arlington County 132
VA Chesapeake city 77
VA Chesterfield County 323
VA Culpeper County 160
VA Fairfax County 1,183
VA Fredericksburg city 65
VA Harrisonburg city 123
VA Henrico County 153
VA Loudoun County 243
VA Manassas city 104
VA Newport News city 127
VA Norfolk city 121
VA Prince William County 530
VA Richmond city 302
VA Roanoke city 119
VA Spotsylvania County 77
VA Virginia Beach city 67
WA King County 408
WA Mason County 59
WA Pierce County 55
WA Snohomish County 123
WA Dane County 73

For more information, please read ORR’s reunification policy.

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