November is National Adoption Month and Planned Parenthood Great Plains is proud to regularly make referrals to agencies for people who choose adoption. Here are some fast facts about adoption most people might not know.
- Adoption remains rare, and over the past decade, has been on the decline. In 2002, only 600,000 women had ever adopted a child. That rate dropped in half, to about 300,000, between 2011 and 2013. In 2002, 1.3 million men had ever adopted a child. That rate also dropped nearly in half, to about 700,000, between 2011 and 2013. (The rate of adoption for men is higher because men are more likely to adopt their stepchildren during marriage.)
- Today there are more than 400,000 children and youth in foster care and 100,000 are waiting for a permanent home. The average child will spend 32 months in foster care waiting for adoption and more than half of those children have had three or more placements with foster care families.
- According to the Williams Institute, an estimated two million LGBT people are interested in adopting and LGBT parents are raising four percent of all adopted children in the United States. Today, LGBT parents can petition for joint adoption in all 50 states and DC.
- Of children adopted with public agency involvement in 2014, almost two out of three (67 percent) were adopted by a married couple. About one in four (26 percent) were adopted by a single female. Relatively few were adopted by unmarried couples (four percent) or single men (three percent).
If you’re considering adoption or need a place to discuss all of your options, Planned Parenthood Great Plains health centers are ready to help you.