Tens of thousands of people each year are adopted. In the USA 1.6 million of the 65 million children are adopted. In Canada there have been approximately 250,000 adoptions since 1921.
Of the US adoptions, 169,000 came from foreign countries. International adoption includes 48,000 from Korea, 21,000 from China, 20,000 from Russia, 18,000 from Mexico and 8,000 from India.
Adoptions are processed by state agencies, private agencies, private facilitators, physicians, lawyers, provincial bodies, religious groups, Children’s Aid, Catholic Children’s Aid and various other groups.
Here is some basic information on Adoption in Canada to get you primed on the general guidelines.
Some other great facts on adoption:
- most adoptions in North America are now open or semi-open which means birth parents and adoptive parents share some information and may continue contact
- About half of adoptions are healthy infants under two. The rest comprise of special needs, older children or mixed racial adoptions.
- Over 60% of people have a connection with someone that is adopted.
- Only 2% of adopted adults search for their biological parents
- Only about 25% of adopted children come from teenage mother’s
- The main types of adoption are public (domestic), private, kinship, stepparent, transracial and international
- Adoption costs will range from $4000 to $40,000 depending on the type of adoption, region/country, subsidies from government and employer and agency costs
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