International adoptions surge

Posted: November 11, 2007 in Adoption

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.”

  1. Rebecca says:

    For us it was that we were inexplicably drawn to Asia. I had no idea of timelines or predictability when we first started… I “just knew” God was leading us there. Now, knowing what I know, I am glad we chose the international route.

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