In the United States, adoption is more common than you think. 6 out of 10 Americans have had a personal experience with adoption. Either they have a family member or close friend that has been adopted, or they themselves have been adopted.
In the U.S., there are two main types of adoptions: agency and independent.
Agency adoptions fall into two different categories; public and private. While public agencies focus on helping foster children find a permanent home, private agencies typically focus their attention on infant adoptions. As of April 2013, 38% of families privately adopted with 62% of children being newborns or less than one year old.
Independent adoptions mostly involve newborn babies. In the U.S., about 55% of newborn adoptions are completed through independent adoptions, which are mostly arranged by a lawyer and birth mother.
Since 2000, there were a total of 2,058,915 adopted children in the United States, and that number continues to grow each year. Research shows that there are approximately 125,000 adoptions annually in the U.S.
Who Is Adopting?
Married couples are adopting the most out of all demographics – about 71% of all adoptions in 2013.
In 2013, 52% of couples adopted because of infertility and 16% of couples did so to have a sibling for their biological child.
In addition, there is approximately 23% of single females adopting and lower percentages of unmarried couples and single males adopting.
According to a national adopting statistics, 87% of adoptive parents say they would adopt again if they could.
In the U.S., 397,122 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system. 101,666 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 32% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted.
If you are thinking about adopting, or are pregnant and want to discuss what options you have in the adoption process, please contact me at any time.
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