Adoption is the legal transfer of the rights and responsibilities of parenthood of a child from its biological parents to another responsible adult (or adults) who then assumes the role of mother and/or father.
In 2002, 22,291 babies were adopted in the United States.
In the United States there are well over 100,000 children under the age of sixteen waiting to be adopted, though this number has dropped in recent years.
More than one-third of Americans have seriously considered adopting, but no more than 2% have followed through.
- National Catholic Register B1 (Mar. 4-10, 2007)
- Data from the National Council for Adoption
- Christian Examiner, November 2007, Vol. 25, No. 11, Page 1