INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION BY THE NUMBERS

30 08 2006

Here are the stats. What do you think?

INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION BY THE NUMBERS

THE POLITICS OF FOREIGN ADOPTION

226,546

Number of children adopted from foreign countries by U.S. families in the past 15 years

22,728

Number of children adopted from foreign countries by U.S. families last year

1,497

Number of children adopted from foreign countries by California families in 2003. Only New York had more.

700,000

Children living in Russian orphanages

375,000

Children living in Kazakh orphanages

13.2 million

Children orphaned because of AIDS in Africa. That number is expected to rise to 42 million by the year 2010.

60

Percentage of children with medical issues adopted from foreign countries by U.S. families

80

Percentage of those adoptive parents who had no idea their child had medical issues until he or she arrived

28

International adoption clinics in the United States

$10,000-$35,000

Cost of an international adoption versus the $4,000 to $30,000 for a domestic adoption

786

Number of U.S. children adopted by Canadians between 1993 and 2002

Sources: U.S. Department of State, National Adoption Clearinghouse of Information

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