November is National Adoption Month! There are 30 days in November...so here are 30 facts about adoption!
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General | Infant Adoption | Global Adoption | Foster Care | Adoption Through History
An estimated 18,000 infants will be adopted this year in the U.S.
1 in 3 children adopted from foster care are adopted by parents of a different race.
Around 7 million Americans were adopted.
Today, almost 60%-70% of domestic adoptions are now open adoptions.
UNICEF estimates that there are 151 million children who have lost at least one parent worldwide & 18 million who have lost both parents.
Around the world, more children are living in foster care or institutions than there are children being adopted.
More than 22,000 children in the American foster care system “age out” each year.
Although no more than 2% of Americans have actually adopted, more than 1/3 have considered it.
To cooperate in international adoptions, many countries have ratified the Hague Adoption Convention
There are about 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, which is 2% of the population, or one in every 50 children
President Gerald Ford and President Bill Clinton were both adopted.
Heroes of many cultures were adopted including Moses, Romulus and Remus, and King Arthur
Massachusetts was the first state to attempt to regulate adoption through written law.
Almost half of the children adopted internationally are infants, compared with 2% of the children adopted from domestic foster care.
President Ronald Regan was the first President to declare “National Adoption Week”
There were 250,000 international adoptions between 1999 & 2013.
The 3 types of adoption are Intercountry, Domestic Infant, and Adoption from Foster Care.
The Indian Child Welfare Act allows family and tribe of a Native American child to be involved in some adoption decisions
Adoption is mentioned in the Bible when the Pharaoh’s daughter “adopted” the baby Moses
The first recorded legal adoption in the colonies occurs when Governor Sir William Phips of Massachusetts adopted his son.
National Council For Adoption was formed in 1980 to promote high standards in adoption procedures & provide information on adoption.
While intercountry #adoption often makes news, the most US adoptions are actually through foster care.
In the US, the average age for prospective adoptive parents is the late 30s to mid-40s.
The average wait time for a child in foster care to get adopted is just over three years
For adoptions finalized in 2015, there is a federal adoption tax credit of up to $13,400 per child but it is not refundable.
The Dave Thomas Foundation posts an annual list of the top 100 companies with best adoption benefits.
About 60% of Americans have a personal connection to adoption
The countries where most adoptions took place were China, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Haiti, and S. Korea
Adoption is super! Did you know that Superman, Iron Man, and Wolverine are all adopted?
Adoption is not just for humans. In the animal kingdom emperor penguins are zealous adopters of orphaned youngsters.