Demographics of Children
Handled by Los Angeles County DCFS*

Number of Children Referrals & DCFS Caseloads

Year Children Referrals1 Caseload as of Dec. 312
2015 172,896 34,881
2014 179,605 36,273
2013 176,636 36,870
2012 181,827 35,195
2011 167,723 34,987
2010 170,471 33,795
2009 157,960 32,317
2008 166,745 33,478
2007 167,325 36,632
2006 162,711 38,383
2005 156,831 39,364

Age of Children Under DCFS Case Services2

Age 2015 2014 2010 2005
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
Birth - 2 Years 7,181 20.60% 7,209 19.90% 6,484 19.20% 6,165 15.70%
3 - 4 Years 4,260 12.20% 4,506 12.40% 4,074 12.10% 3,675 9.30%
5 - 9 Years 9,191 7.50% 9,503 26.20% 8,174 24.20% 9,169 23.30%
10 - 13 Years 5,678 8.30% 5,948 16.40% 6,005 17.80% 8,519 21.60%
14 - 15 Years 2,881 8.80% 3,114 8.60% 3,569 10.60% 5,050 12.80%
16 - 17 Years 3,080 26.30% 3,276 9.00% 3,858 11.40% 4,832 12.30%
18 Years+ 2,610 16.30% 2,717 7.50% 1,631 4.80% 1,954 5.00%
Total 34,881 100.00% 36,273 100.00% 33,795 100.00% 39,364 100.00%

Ethnicity of Children Under DCFS Case Services2

Ethnicity 2015 2014 2010 2005
Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent Number Percent
White 4,008 11.50% 3,890 10.70% 3,900 11.50% 5,504 14.00%
Hispanic 20,993 60.20% 21,895 60.40% 19,041 56.30% 19,111 48.50%
African American 8,763 25.10% 9,337 25.70% 9,732 28.80% 13,218 33.60%
Asian / Pacific Islander 455 1.30% 495 1.40% 606 1.80% 943 2.40%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 176 0.50% 188 0.50% 143 0.40% 196 0.50%
Filipino 205 0.60% 240 0.70% 200 0.60% 205 0.50%
Other 281 0.80% 228 0.60% 173 0.50% 187 0.50%
Total 34,881 100.00% 36,273 100.00% 33,795 100.00% 39,364 100.00%


* DFCS - Los Angeles County Department of Children’s & Family Services
1) Children referred to DFCS who are alleged to suffer from sexual, physical or emotional abuse, general or severe neglect, caretaker absence or incapacity or at-risk sibling abuse.
2) DCFS in-home & out-of-home services caseload as of December 31

Source: Los Angeles County Dept. of Children’s & Family Services