International Adoption Update

2010 International Adoption Statistics – According to the U.S. Department of State, the number of children adopted internationally by Americans fell to a 15-year low in 2010.  This decrease of 13 percent overall resulted in a total of 11,059 adoptions last year.  The top five countries that Americans adopted from are China, Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea and Ukraine.

Japan – In light of the recent massive earthquake in Japan, many prospective parents are asking if adopting from Japan might be an option.  Currently, Japan does not have any comprehensive laws governing foreign adoptions and there are several reasons as to why this is unlikely to happen.  Culturally, the Japanese have strong biological ties.  If a child is orphaned then the child is almost always taken in and cared for by extended family.  Also, Japan differs from other countries experiencing large scale natural disasters in recent years, such as Haiti, in that Japan is a very developed country and has the resources to care for orphaned children.

Kyrgyzstan – In April, the Kyrgyz government lifted a two-year moratorium on international adoptions.  A new agency is being set up to oversee international adoptions and the government estimated it would take about three months to have new regulations in place.  However, processing of new and pending adoption cases has not yet resumed.

Haiti – New applications from prospective adoptive parents are once again being accepted for adoptions in Haiti.  Prior to this, Haiti has been only been finalizing adoptions that were already pending before the earthquake.  The U.S. Department of State is advising those interested to proceed with caution as the government and adoption infrastructure is still suffering from the impact of the earthquake over a year ago.

Ethiopia – As adoptions from Ethiopia have been deliberately slowed by the Ethiopian government, approximately 1,000 U.S. families are affected who already have an adoption underway.  At its busiest, the Ethiopian government processed up to 50 cases a day for international adoption.  Parents have been advised to expect significant delays by the State Department.

Navigating the ever changing world of international adoptions can be difficult.  If you are wondering how to get started with an international adoption, give us a call today.  Our social workers are up to date on the latest international adoption news and regulations.  For more information, visit our website at www.sunshinehomestudy.org.

 

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