Considering how many families have voiced their concerns about the current state of adoption, the National Council for Adoption has recently posted a study about actual adoption statistics from their ongoing research. It includes the most recent and comprehensive information regarding all aspects of adoption. Though the adoption environment has evolved in the past few years, adoption still remains one of the best options to build families for both children and adoptive parents.
The Fall of International Adoptions
According to the study, adoptions have dropped in total by 17% between 2007 and 2014 to 110,373 adoptions per year. The main reason for this decrease is the restrictions on international adoptions enacted within the US and other countries. In 2014, only 5,647 successful placements were made for intercountry adoptions. Orphan-immigrant adoptions have dropped by 75% because of tighter restrictions on international adoption by the government.
On the other hand, domestic infant adoptions have actually increased by 1.3%. Public agency adoptions have been on the rise in the past two decades due to a change in federal legislation that incentivizes adoption through foster care. More and more private and public agencies, however, have been working together to place foster children into families.
Meanwhile, adoptions from private agencies have decreased more recently. In fact, independent and private adoptions account for approximately only 30% of all adoptions. The rest are handled by public organizations.
With all this data on file, the main concern of the NCFA is not the decrease in international adoptions due to stricter regulations, but the way adoptions are conducted. Like AdoptHelp, they support communicating “timely, accurate, and non-coercive information about adoption” to birth mothers and adoptive parents.
For those worried about the current state of adoption, it is still a safe and reliable process for growing a family. It is important to make sure you are receiving correct information about the process. If you have any questions, AdoptHelp is here for you. We can provide you with any resources and answers that you would like to know about. Just contact us and let us know!
To read the whole published study, click here.