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140,000,000 Americans (50% of the U.S. population) have an adoption in their immediate family

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According to Dr. Ruth McRoy at the UT School of Social Work, there are approximately 5,000,000 US births each year. Of that, approximately 118,000 are adoptions (roughly 2.36% new adoptees each year). Anywhere in the US, a minimum of 2.3% of the population are women who are also birth mothers who have placed children for adoption.

Then you also have 2.3% of the population who are birth fathers, and 4.7% of the population who are adoptive parents. Total that up and you have about 11% of the population who are triad members. That does not count aunts, uncles and grandparents to adoptive families and birth families.

Adoption Statistics

The most scientific of studies on Intercountry Adoptees' Outcomes was conducted in Sweden. In spite of the adult adoptees in the study having been adopted to couples belonging to the Swedish elite, it was estimated that:

  • The average family seeking an adoption said they had been trying to adopt for 1-2 years.
  • 90 % of the adopters belong to the upper and middle classes.
  • 6.6 % of the intercountry adoptees had a post-secondary education of 3 years.
  • 20% of biological children of the adopters whom they grew up with as siblings'
  • 60.2 % of the intercountry adoptees were employed
  • 50% of the former group belong to the lowest income category compared
  • $67.3 billion, conservatively estimated, is spent for the 3 symbiotic systems of foster care, adoption, prisons, (not including private foundation grants, private post-adoption psychotherapy, all juvenile detention facilities, nor monitoring of 2.6 million parolees/probationers, nor counting privatized prisons in 27 states).
  • Ninety-six percent of birthmothers want a reunion.
  • "140-million Americans, or half the U.S. population, has an adoption in their immediate family." -Americans For Open Records (AmFOR)
  • Half the U.S. Population Will Have Bogus Ancestry in 4 Generations.
  • 1.6-million "adopted children" are under age 18, or "born since the 1980s.
  • 1.4-million were domestic adoptions;
  • 200,000 (13%) of the adopted children were foreign-born.
  • 2.5% of the U.S. population is estimate to be adopted children.
  • 2.5% are estimated to be age 18 or over.
  • 4.4-million step-kids are under 18.
  • More abortions than adoptions are performed annually.
  • 5% of the population is estimated to be step-children -2000 U.S. Census'
  • 2,500,000 (estimated) American children are being raised by their grandparents.
  • 30% of all divorced fathers lose contact with their children. - The Daily Telegraph
  • 72% of adolescent American adoptees want to know why they were adopted, 65% want to meet their parents; and 94% want to know which parent they look like.

-National Adoption Information Clearinghouse & Reader's Digest , 7/2003.

  • 80% of parents actively search for their children; 99% of parents found by adoptees wanted to be found; 80% of adoptees polled actively search for their families; 100% of adoptees found by their parents wanted to be found.

-Americans For Open Records (AmFOR).

  • 1 in 6 adopted children is of a different race from their adopters. -U.S. Census 2000.
  • The Fiscal Year 2002 preliminary total of 20,099 adoptions includes 14,666 children who were to be adopted overseas and 5,433 children who came to the U.S. to be adopted. The top 20 countries this year accounted for a total of 19,170 adoptions, 95 % of all intercountry adoptions by U.S. citizens.
  • The "average" child born in the U.S. in the 1990's-2002 will trace his or her heritage to Africa, Asia, the Hispanic world, the Pacific Islands, and Arabia--not White Europe. The population of non-Hispanic Whites has been decreasing in percentage of the total U.S. population since 1955 and is expected to be less than 50% by the year 2056. -"Beyond the Melting Pot," William A. Henry III, TIME magazine, 4-9-90, P. 30; and "Hispanics On The Rise," TIME , 10-23-89, P. 43.
  • 23%-50% of all adopted children are expected to have Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). -"Over-representation of Adoptees in Children with Attention Deficit Disorder," Behavior Genetics ,
Tips for Choosing an Adoption Attorney
  • Contact an attorney as early as possible in the decision-making process.
  • Know what the attorney charges and how the fees are structured. Make sure they are affordable.
  • Know the specific types of adoptions and services the attorney provides. Ask what percentage of the practice is dedicated to adoption and how many adoption proceedings the attorney has handled.
  • Ask for references. Ask lots of questions, share your concerns and provide the attorney with all relevant documents.
  • Choose an attorney who is experienced in the type of adoption you are considering.

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