Congregate care is a placement setting that consists of 24-hour supervision for children in highly structured settings such as group homes, residential treatment facilities, or maternity homes. Such settings must be a licensed or approved home or facility that can take in 7–12 children, as seen in group homes, or 12 or more children, as seen in institutions. Fourteen is the average age of children who enter into congregate care. In the United States out of the 400,000 children in the foster care system around 55,000 live in congregate care settings. In the United States in 2013 there was 55,916 children in congregate care. In the last ten years, there has been a 37% decrease in the number of children in congregate care, which is greater than the overall 21% drop in number of children in the foster care system.
Read article on Wikipedia