How long do foster care placements typically last?

You’ll find that there isn’t really a typical time frame, because children are placed in foster care for so many different reasons. And each of these affect the extent of time. Some may need temporary placement with a foster family until a relative can be located. Some children may need a stable environment in which to finish school or until their parents can meet their treatment goals. Lastly, some children may need long-term to permanent care (adoption).