Adoption Facts

In the last decade, the U.S. Census has attempted to collect national demographics on the adoption community. The data have helped the government estimate that there are over 7 million adult adoptees in America and 1.5 child adoptees. About 140,000 children are adopted every year and there are nearly half a million children in the U.S. foster care system. China is the leading partner in international adoption. These are all adoption facts that, while interesting to know, are probably not as helpful as social research about adoption.

Fortunately, adoption can be such a different experience for everyone these days that there are few things that all adoptions can be said to have in common. The customized experience is a fact of adoption. There are agencies, attorneys and methods that provide a range of adoptive processes, which doesn't mean there aren't a few unwritten adoption facts. Nontraditional adopters, for example, are more likely to be placed with a child with special needs.

Most adoption facts are related to the laws regulating adoptions. All adoptions require an adopter to pass a home study. All adoptions must be finalized by the state. All birth parents must voluntarily or involuntarily terminate their parental rights to the child before that child can be considered available for adoption. Other laws are governed by the state. It's not illegal in any state for a single person to adopt a child. However, Florida is the only state that openly bans gay and lesbian adoption while the majority of the U.S. chooses to leave the lines fuzzy for these adopters.

Few things about adoption are clearly black and white. Even the numbers haven't reached a stasis, as international adoptions have reached a low it hasn't seen in over a decade.

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Lisa Purcell - 2 years ago
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Just how difficult is it to adopt? #1
Bonita - 1 year ago
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I would like a pdf version of the article Adoption and the Stages of Development by NAIC Where can i find this? #2
Sabrena Green - 10 months ago
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I am the legal guardian of my great nephew.My husband and I would like to adopt him.However we are finding that this is a difficult task.Our nephew is seven years old and we have had since he was ten months old.Every year when we go to court, the only people who show up is my husband and myself. The court is only sympathetic to step parents it seems. I would like to know if there is anyone out there with my dilemma? How does family go about adopting family????? #3
Guest - 8 months ago
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Why will the state of Michigan not allow grand-parents to raise their grandchildren, I am a grandmother, and I have to grand daughter that were taken back to foster care by CPS and I have tried and tried to get them and was put down by the supervious of CPS. Now they are gone, and its not right! #4

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