Where is the biggest need for adoptions?

Question by jonamicdee: Where is the biggest need for adoptions?
Is there a bigger need for domestic or international adoption? And while your at it, can anyone tell me what countries have the most orphaned children right now?


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Answer by Kazi
Bigger need? There is a need, period. There are children languishing without families in domestic foster care and foreign orphanages and it’s a shame or rather a disgrace.

As for what countries have the most orphans, well that’s a matter of some debate as you can rarely get accurate numbers on that.

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9 thoughts on “Where is the biggest need for adoptions?”

  1. There is a huge need (I’m not going to debate “biggest,” but it’s really big) for adoptive parents for kids waiting in foster care in the United States. Thousands have already had their biological parents’ rights terminated, and are free for adoption.

    Children older than the infant/toddler stage, minority children, children with special needs, and siblings group are among the hardest to place, and so could definitely use an adoptive home.

    US foster care has plenty of kids in need, who would love to be adopted into a permanent family.

  2. I have to agree with Kazi. There is a general need all over for adoptive homes for children in need.

    Domestically, within Canada at least, the latest figures I could find were from 2003 although I’m sure there is more recent info out there if I had the time to look for it. The figures I found indicate:

    * Over 66,000 children in foster care.
    * About 22,000 are permanent wards.
    * Less than 1,700 of them are adopted annually.

    None of this includes children placed for adoption outside of the social service agencies (private adoption, agency adoption, kinship care or even surrogacy)

    Many of these children (and of course the figures raise annually as more come into then system then go out) have obstacles to their adoption that need to be overcome before they can be adopted such as:

    * Lack of funding to pay adoption workers.
    * Adoptions given lower priority than protection work.
    * Poor collaboration between public and private agencies.
    * Differences in policies between agencies.
    * Inadequate post-adoption services and adoption subsidies.

    Until these barriers are knocked down, thousands of Canadian children will stay forgotten. And I can only imagine that the same issues, and more, exist in many overseas countries.

    Ultimately though, the over riding factor in this all is that there is a big need for adoption domestically and internationally. That will only change once the underlying issues are addressed but in the mean time the children in the system need to be cared for.

  3. The biggest need for adoptions is our foster care system!

    Other countries need our help to progress and have better quality of life, not to make exports of their children.

    I don’t think we really know which countries have the most orphans, because the way we define “orphan” seems to be dependent on the whim of people in charge of international adoptions.

  4. You are going to get alot of “anti-international adoption” answers to this question and they are all going to tell you the greatest need is in U.S.foster care. I disagree, if you are talking just numbers. In the U.S., there are currently about 129,000 children in the foster care system who are legally free for adoption. I will give you some stats from some other countries of children waiting in orphanages for families. Are they technically orphans? Probably not, most of them probably have birthparents who are living, therefore they are not technically “orphans” by definition of the word. But they do not have parents willing or able to care for them, they have been either abandoned or relinquished, are living out their lives in orphanages and need permanent families or they will be thrown out to the streets around age 16 with no government assistance whatsoever. In China the government tries really hard to hide the number of children currently in orphanages. They will, however, say there are about 570,000 orphaned children in their country, and that not all are living in the institutions. In Ukraine, the number is about 120,000. In Russia, the number is about 800,000. In Ethiopia, the number is somewhere between 4 and 6 million. In India, the number is about 12 million. Each of these countries has an international adoption program. So, if you are looking at numbers alone, it is pretty obvious where there is the most need. But honestly, the need is everywhere. I think you just have to follow your heart when it comes to this. If you want to adopt a child, you need to realize that the need is just about anywhere you look.

  5. I would say that the biggest “need” is for adoptive parents for school age and older children, especially sibling groups, at home and abroad.

    Doesn’t matter where you are from, it’s harder to find adoptive families for children over the age of 5.

  6. Another writer, artist, researcher & activist adoptee blogger here, saying
    yes, yes, YES!! Please, everyone, keep talking!!

  7. cold409 are you actually saying that a child becoming a sex slave is better
    than the child dying in its parents arms? Children who become sex slaves
    usually die in much more terrible ways!

  8. Governments and other pro-adoption propagandists make adoption appear
    benign ONLY by censoring the educated opinions of thousands of adoptees and
    others who condemn the system. “One of the most draconian decisions the
    State makes is to deprive a child of a parent’s love and care. Removing a
    child from its family is not simply a private matter. It is a decision that
    demands the very highest standards of accountability and transparency.
    Camilla Cavendish, The London Times, 9/14/08

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