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 1990, the U.S. Department of State issued almost 7,100 visas for foreign orphans adopted by Americans. By 2006, this number had increased to 20,679 visas for such orphans.
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.
Adoption rates in some states have been reduced as a consequence of the legalization and promotion of abortion.
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
- ↑ http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/trends.htm
- ↑ https://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3402502.html
- ↑ Christian Examiner, November 2007, Vol. 25, No. 11, Page 1