National Study Shows Domestic Infant Adoption Remains Steady
There are some interesting statistics recently released from The National Council for Adoption (NCFA). According to their National Adoption Data study: Adoption: By the Numbers, adoption rates have fallen in the U.S. from 133,737 in 2007 to 11,373 in 2014. The decline can be attributed to intercountry adoptions, which account for more than half of this decline. The number of domestic infant adoptions, which is our main focus here at A Baby Step Adoption, has remained mostly steady, even increasingly slightly from 18,078 in 2007 to 18,329 in 2014. Although infant domestic adoption represent only .5% of all live births and only 1.1% of birth to single parents, the study showed no decrease in the number of infant domestic adoption since the last count (2007).
Since 2004, the number of intercountry adoptions has continued to decline to a low of 5,647 in 2015. The most recent number is similar to numbers from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Given the number of orphaned, abandoned and relinquished children worldwide has increased by many millions, this is a troubling statistic. There are so many obstacles hindering an American family from adopting overseas. Politics of other nations among other things make intercountry adoption more of a struggle than ever before, which forces many families to consider domestic infant adoption.
Adoptions from Foster Care
Adoptions from foster care have remained generally steady, although the number of children entering foster care and waiting to be adopted from foster care has increased slightly. The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 was a particularly positive legislation which in a very short period of time resulted in doubling the number of children being adopted from foster care within only a few years of its passage. THE NCFA believes reform within foster care is crucial and is in the process of conducting a comprehensive research project that will lead to national best-practice recommendations for the recruitment and retention of foster and adoptive parents.
THE NCFA is impartial to the results of infant adoption study. They gather their information from adoption professionals and women who have faced unplanned pregnancy. They strive to ensure that women and their partners have pertinent information about adoption so they can decide whether pursuing an adoption plan is the right choice for them. We here at A Baby Step Adoption strive to provide our clients with accurate facts about adoption. If you find yourself pregnant and scared, please call us at 888-505-2367 or text us at 610-613-1911. Remember you are not giving up a baby, you are giving your baby a home and the best possible future.
For the complete findings and in-depth analysis of the National Adoption Data Study, please click here.