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Key adoption stats expose recent trends

If you're considering adoption, you may be very interested to see just how common this is and how it typically occurs. These key stats can help show you some of the more recent trends that could impact your decision.

First of all, adoptions made within the United States have been on the rise. In 2013, roughly 50,000 kids were adopted domestically, which was higher than 2012. That doesn't mean there aren't children in need of adoption, though, as about twice that many -- approximately 100,000 kids -- were still in the U.S. foster care system and waiting for someone to adopt them.

International adoption, on the other hand, has been falling. While people often think of it first when considering adoption, it went down by about 65 percent in just a single decade, between 2004 and 2013. In 2004, about 23,000 kids were adopted from other countries. As the domestic adoption numbers have been climbing, that number fell to a mere 7,092 in 2013.

With those international adoptions that still took place, though, China and Ethiopia were the clear leaders in sending kids to the United States in 2013. About 1,000 of them came from Ethiopia, while 2,306 arrived from China. This means that about a third of the total international adoptions for the year were linked to China.

No matter which direction you decide to go, it's crucial to know everything you can about the legal process in advance. The more you know, the more smoothly the whole thing will go, and you can work to avoid any unnecessary issues and delays. Big things to keep in mind are when and how payments are to be made and what requirements must be met to be eligible.

Source: Show Hope, "4 Statistics You Should Know About Adoption," accessed Sep. 29, 2016

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