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Get facts and statistics on adoption. This articles shows total number of adoptions, stats, facts, and the trends in adoption statistics.



In 2001 the Child Welfare Information Gateway found that there were 127,407 adoptions in the United States.  The state of New York had the highest amount of domestic adoptions (10,209).  Delaware was the state with the least amount of adoptions (235).  Shortly after this time states stopped having to report the numbers of adoptions so there is no accurate reporting.  What we do know for sure is that adoption numbers are always increasing.

According to Accept Adoptions, in 2002, there was a total of 20,099 adoptions from all countries.  To date, this was the largest number of international adoptions in U.S. History.  Between 1992 and 1998 international adoptions rose from 6,500 to more than 15,000.

While private and international adoptions can be hard to track and record, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families keeps excellent records on the number of children adopted through the foster care system.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services AFCARS report there were 510,000 children in foster care on September 30, 2006.  In the 2006 fiscal year the number of children in foster care that had their parental rights terminated for all living parents was 79,000.  51,000 children were adopted with public agency involvement in 2006.

Of the children adopted in 2006 51% were male, 49% were female.  45% of these children were white-non Hispanic, 27% were black non Hispanic and 19% were Hispanic.  All other racial/ethnic numbers were very low.  On average it took about a year for the termination of the parental rights so that these children were free for adoption.

The AFCARS report also states that the 69% of these adoptive parents were married couples, 2% were unmarried couples, 26% were single females and 3% were single males.  The relationship between the adoptive parents and the adoptive children were: non-relative 15%, foster parent 59%, step-parent 0%, other relative 26%.


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