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Fewer Foreign Children Find Homes in the U.S.

Summary: U.S. Sees a Drop in International Adoptions of Over 9%.


When it comes to International Adoption, change is in the air. For the first time since the early 1990’s, the number of children adopted by U.S. citizens from abroad dropped according to the U.S. State Department.

The U.S. State Department released the 2006 international adoption statistics based on immigrant visas for children. 20,679 children were adopted in 2006, a decline of 2,049 when compared to 2005. A drop of over 9%.

International adoption tracking began in 1990. During that year, 7,093 foreign children were adopted by U.S. citizens. The increase from 1990 to 2006 is over 292%.

China topped the list of what is called in international adoption circles, “sending countries”. A “Sending Country” is the birth-country of the adoptee.

6,493 children were adopted from China in 2006. As is commonly reported, most of these children were girls, but a number of international adoption agencies reported an increase in the number of boys.

Many believe that the number of children adopted from China will drop dramatically this year. Beginning May 1, 2007, new restrictions will be applied to prospective parents. The new rules include body weight limits, restrictions for people with a history of depression treated with medication and a requisite that the adoption must be to a married husband and wife.

In 2006, Guatemala and Russia changed second and third positions on the list of top countries. Russia saw a decline of 933 adoptions dropping it to #3 sending 3,706 children to the U.S. Guatemala increased the number of children adopted by U.S. parents to 4,135 and increase of 352.

South Korea was #4 on the list where it has been since 2001. Although the number of children adopted from South Korea dropped from 1,630 to 1,376.

Ethiopia is a country that continues to show growing support for foreign adoption. In 2006, the country saw an increase of over 10% versus 2005. 732 Ethiopian children were adopted by U.S. citizens. As adoption from Ethiopia has grown, so has the number of adoption agencies working in the country.

Other countries in the top 10 were Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Liberia, Columbia and India.

More adoption statistics, agency information and adoption stories can be found at http://InternationalAdoptionStories.com. InternationalAdoptionStories.com was founded by John R. Wall and Susan Morrison Wall in 2005. The site pulls information from adoption professionals and the experience of other adoptive parents to create an adoption resource and to educate and enhance the understanding of adoption.

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Contact: John R. Wall
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