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 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