News Brief: Further Decline in International Adoption in 2015

Since 2004, the number of children adopted internationally by parents in the United States has dropped. Statistics show that the trend continued last year.

Decline in international adoption

In 2015, parents in the United States adopted 5,647 children from 89 different countries. Intercountry adoptions to the U.S. have steadily declined since 22,884 children were adopted in 2004. The 2015 figure is 75 percent lower than that peak year, and 12 percent lower than the 6,438 international adoptions in 2014.

The top five sending countries in 2015 were China (2,354), Ethiopia (335), South Korea (318), Ukraine (303), and Uganda (202). Ninety-three children born in the U.S. were adopted by families from six other countries: Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, Mexico, Switzerland, and Austria.




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Adoption Agencies

Holt International Children’s Services
Eugene, OR
U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
MLJ Adoptions International
Indianapolis, IN
International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Children’s House International
Ferndale, WA
International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Adoptions From the Heart
Wynnewood, PA
U.S. Newborn
WACAP (World Association for Children and Parents)
Seattle, WA
U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Abrazo Adoption Associates
San Antonio, TX
U.S. Newborn, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Gladney Center for Adoption
Fort Worth, TX
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Open Door Adoption Agency, Inc.
Thomasville, GA
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
Bethany Christian Services
Grand Rapids, MI
U.S. Newborn, U.S. Foster, International, Special Needs/Waiting Child
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