Adoption researchers say American parents view the international adoption process as more reliable than domestic adoptions. Parents in U.S. choose to go global for predictability:
Americans adopt some 20,000 foreign-born children each year — a rate that tripled between 1990 and 2005. How to explain the surge? In a word: predictability.
Domestic adoptions are more random. A baby could be in your home in two months, two years — or more.
“But with foreign adoption, there are set milestones that help with the tick of time. … It’s that definitiveness that draws so many people,” said Elizabeth Swire Falker, an adoption attorney in Westchester County, N.Y., and author of “The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Adoption.”