Adoption: Is there a Child Waiting for You?

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by Elizabeth Green, Premiere Agency Network on Nov 27, 2013

November is National Adoption Awareness Month. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, most of us will be enjoying the company of family. But what about those without family? It is estimated by the Congressional Coalition of Adoption that 400,540 children in the United States do not have a permanent and stable family. Of those, 104,000 are eligible for adoption.

Facts to Know Regarding Adoption:

  • The annual number of infants adopted domestically excluding foster car and relative adoption is estimated to be around 18,000—about twice the number of international adoptions.
  • The estimated cost of a domestic adoption is $20,000 to $40,000. Private domestic adoptions are usually newborns.
  • The estimated cost of an international adoption is $15,000 to $40,000 depending on the country of origin.
  • The average adoption is completed within two years but the domestic adoption process can sometimes be within months of the child’s birth. Typically, the waiting time for international adoption is more predictable than for a domestic adoption.
  • You don’t have to be married to adopt a child. The wait time for single parents is approximately the same as for couples.
  • In 2011, 68% of children were adopted by married couples; 32% were adopted by single parents. 
  • An estimated 50,000 children were adopted from foster care in 2011.
  • In the majority of the U.S. newborn adoptions, the adoptive parents are selected by the birthparents and in most cases the adoptive and birthparents meet.
  • The average age of a child waiting to be adopted in the foster care system is approximately 8 years old and this age is increasing each year. 
  • Each year, approximately 26,000 teens will age out of the foster care system before they are given the chance of being adopted. 

Recently the Today Show on NBC did a special on adoptions, focusing on the families and their efforts to adopt a child. Although there are thousands of children internationally in need of a home, there are equally as many domestically.  

Adoption may not be for everyone yet more and more people are considering adoption not to satisfy themselves but as an outreach to care for those without a family. The old term was orphan; the new term is a waiting child. Is there a child waiting for you?

Bio: Elizabeth Green utilizes her communications and business degrees from the University of Alabama to blog as part of the Premiere Agency Network Digital Marketing Team. Premiere is a Network of Independent Insurance Agencies in the Southeast U.S.

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