135,000

children adopted each year

$43,000

is there average cost of an adoption

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135,000

140 million

orphans in need of a family

443,00

children in the foster care system 

8 million

children in orphanages worldwide

2 million

couples in the United States alone waiting to adopt

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Myanmar

China

USA

India

by the numbers

Foster Care

(as of the 2017 fiscal year- September)

Childwelfare.gov

of foster children had case goals of reunification 

56%

27%

of foster children had case goals of adoption 

vs.

17%

of foster children had case goals of emancipation, long term, guardianship, relative living, and undecided

49%

24%

8%

foster children were reunified with guardian

foster children were emancipated

foster children were adopted

19%

foster children went to live with relatives

vs.

Case Goals:

These are the goals for each foster child, but sometimes they are not always reached. The overall main goal of the foster care system is to reunify children with their parents. While the main goal is reunification, prospective parents can take the route of fostering to adopt aka taking on cases where reunification is not likely.

Results:

Length:

34% -

30% -

15% -

9% -

8% -

3+ Years

Less than 1 month

24-35 months

12-23 months

1-12 months

Average= 14.3 months

Ethnicity:

Age:

Note that although about half the foster children that entered the system were Caucasian, but also half leaving were of Caucasian as well. 

44%

Caucasian 

23%

African American

21%

Hispanic

9%

Multiracial 

3%

Unidentified

Average= 7.7 years old

The average age is decreasing because couples look to foster infants over children of older ages.

6.1 years old

7.8 years old

the average age of children ENTERING

the average age of children EXITING

International Adoption

(as of the 2018 fiscal year - released March 2019)

Bureau of Council Affairs & Dpt. of State

by the numbers

Within the past years, international adoptions have decreased in not only the United States, but numerous other countries as well including China and South Korea. However, there are 140 million orphans worldwide in need of a forever family. The increasing costs and amount of paperwork have been considered factors explaining the decreasing trajectory. On the other hand, once paperwork is complete, the success rate of adoption is 98%.

4,059

intercountry adoptions between 2017 and 2018

-82%

decrease in intercountry adoptions since 2004

$5k-40k

is the average range of costs for intercountry adoption

Reasons why children are placed for adoption

While there are some behavioral cases that do end up with having to place a child for adoption, the misconception that is the child's fault is not always be the case. Most of those children had no control over the cards they were dealt. However, they now have to figure out how to play them, and it is up to us to ensure they are equipped with all the fundamental tools they need to have an equal opportunity to be successful. Providing a home for a child of any age also provides guidance to go down the right path. Thousands of children in the United States (23,000 per year) age out(emancipation) of the foster care system and are expected to enter the real world with skills they never obtained. As an adoption advocate, I am not saying every person has to foster. I believe that to help these young adults and millions of children worldwide, we can work to educate ourselves to make us more empathetic to the situation and then we can offer basics to help foster children succeed. These statistics are more centered around the international adoption. 

Birth Parents

Health

- unsteady or unsafe home environment or relationships

- addiction

- rape

- etc.

 

 Parents simply may not have the ability to provide a safe, healthy home for a child so they place them  for adoption in hopes to give them a better life.

- health complications of child or birth parent

- disability

- etc.

There are cases where a child may have a condition that parents are not prepared to handle, so they feel the best choice is adoption, allowing another family who is better able to care for the child. Unfortunately, babies with disabilities are less likely to be adopted. 

Government & Society

- China's One Child Policy (past)/ Two Child (present)

- Gendercide

- Forced Adoption

- Trafficking

- Paid Kidnapping

- etc.

The horrific truth is that millions of children are placed for adoption due to political and social pressures. The laws and policies enacted may force families to abandon they children in hopes they will be placed in orphanages and adopted. In addition, many Asian countries especially China and India, families hope for male offsprings because they have the ability to carry on the family name. Females essentially leave the family when married and require dowries. This leads to neglect the abandonment of female babies much greater than males. This also explains why the gender ratios are blatantly disproportionate  

Financial

Lack of Support

- Food Costs

- Health Costs

- Daily  Costs of Living

 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that it costs $12,980 to support one child for one year, but in addition to providing for themselves, extra medical bills, and other finances add up and are not possible for some people.

- Unsupportive Families

- Unsupportive Friends

- Lack of assistance 

- Spouse Disapproval

In any walk of life, support is vital to succeed. However, the lack of support can result in a child being put up for adoption because society is centered around the views of others. Thus, social status and reputation is important to most. To protect their reputation and role in society, many people base their decisions at the expense of others.

2018 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption

1,475

China

302

India

206

South Korea

248 

Colombia

196

Haiti

These numbers are a brief synopsis of international adoption from different countries into the United States alone (not all are included). All other adoptions into other countries are not listed.

173

Nigeria 

229

Ukraine

134

Bulgaria

177

Ethiopia

105

Philippines 

5

Canada 

Analysis:

These numbers are from 2018 and may not indicate other trends or factors including political, social, and economic events that could lead to a decrease in adoption. war, famine, etc. could lead to a decrease in adoptions from a country. However, there are some trends that seem common including higher adoption rates in Asian countries. There are some countries where one adoption took place while others were zero. It is important to note that there are many children without homes and the number of International adoptions are decreasing. 

Conclusion:

With an increase in fertility advancements and the desire to conceive a child of their "own," families are turning to medical technology instead of adoption. On the other hand, children across the world are without homes and families are discouraged by the costs, time frame, and other factors of adoption. Simple education and awareness is imperative due to the lack of knowledge about adoption worldwide. I hope this information was helpful in changing your perspective on the crisis facing children awaiting adoption both domestically and internationally. 

Sources:

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