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How many children have you adopted? There are too many unwanted children now!

Though many people believe our society is overburdened by “unwanted” children, the truth is that there are many more couples seeking to adopt children than there are children available for adoption. Each year approximately 140,000 children are adopted in the United States and approximately 100,000 children in foster care are eligible for adoption, versus approximately 560,000 couples currently seeking to adopt a child.


Child Welfare Information Gateway. “How Many Children Were Adopted in 2007 and 2008?” September 2011. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. https://www.childwelfare.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children
and Families. “Trends in Foster Care and Adoption—FY 2002-FY
2012.” July 2013. http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/trends_fostercare_

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Adoption Experiences of Women and Men and Demand for Children to Adopt by Women 18-44 Years of Age in the United States, 2002.” Vital and Health Statistics 23, no. 27 (August 2008). http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_027.pdf.

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