At BPAR, we understand that there are misconceptions about adoption and foster care. We’ve researched some statistics to help others gain a better understanding of the realities of adoption and foster care.
Below are 6 facts that you may not have known:
- About 6% of children ages 0-2 years, 30% of children ages 5-9 years, and 23% of children ages 15-17 years are adopted. (1)
- Approximately 30,000 children “age out” of the American Foster Care system each year. (2)
- 38% of adoptions are private domestic adoptions, 37% are foster care adoptions, and 25% are international adoptions. (1)
- Between September 2012 and October 2013, over 250,000 children entered foster care and only 241,254 children exited foster care. Of those who exited, 51% were reunited with parents or primary caretakers, 21% were adopted, 10% were emancipated, 8% went to live with another relative, 7% went to live with a guardian, and 2% had other outcomes. (3)
- Several US studies of different populations consistently report disrupted adoption rates that range from 10%-25%. Although more difficult to obtain, studies report that only about 1%-5% of completed adoptions dissolve. (4)
- 9 out of 10 adoptive couples report that their relationship with their adopted child is very warm and close. (5)
By Katie McCarthy
Boston Post Adoption Resources
3. Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2013). Foster care statistics 2012. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.
4. Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2012). Adoption disruption and dissolution. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau.