State Department’s Intercountry Adoptions Report Highlights Failure to Meet the Needs of Children Without Parents
Today, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released its FY 2018 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions. The report shows that American families adopted only 4,059 children through intercountry adoption between October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. This is a decline of over 13% from the previous year, and over 82% decline since 2004. Adoptions from China dropped by over 22% in the past year — though at 1,475 it remains the country with the most adoptions to the United States.

FY 2018 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions.

Adoption Statistics
The statistics on this page correspond with the fiscal year. For more information on the adoption statistics, please view our annual adoption report, which is located under the publication section of this website. The U.S. Government fiscal year begins on October 1 and ends on September 30.

Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person's biological or legal parent or parents, and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parent or parents.
Unlike guardianship or other systems designed for the care of the young, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition, either through legal or religious sanction. Historically, some societies have enacted specific laws governing adoption; where others have tried to achieve adoption through less formal means, notably via contracts that specified inheritance rights and parental responsibilities without an accompanying transfer of filiation. Modern systems of adoption, arising in the 20th century, tend to be governed by comprehensive statutes and regulations.

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