In December, the U.S. Department of State released their 2010 annual report on Intercountry Adoptions. The report shows that the total number for 2010 is 11,059 adoptions (remember this is only for international adoptions, it does not include domestic adoptions, or those through the foster system).
For the 6th year in a row, intercountry adoption has declined significantly. Over the past decade, intercountry adoption saw a peak at 22,990 in 2004. The past two years the numbers have been lower than they were prior to 2000.
Again this past year, China has been the top sending country at 3,401 total adoptions. The second and third sending countries also remained unchanged from 2009 with Ethiopia at 2,513 total adoptions, and Russia at 1,082. South Korea is number four at 863 adoptions.
325 Coloradan’s finalized adoptions this past year. I feel blessed to know 2 of them!
62 children were adopted from Uganda. That is not many in comparison to the 2.3 million orphans Uganda identifies. But I have a hunch it will probably be doubled for the 2011 report... we'll see.
Interestingly, 43 American children were adopted internationally into other nations as well. I would be interested to find out if these were birthmother adoptions or family members living abroad... but the report doesn’t state this.
If you’d like to look at the report yourself here is the link: 2010 US Intercountry Adoption Stats