- Total estimated number of orphans who have lost one or both parents: 153 million
- Estimated number who have lost a mother: 52.3 million
- Estimated number who have lost a father: 119 million
- Estimated number of “double orphans”: 17.8 million (having lost both parents)
- Number of caring adults it takes to make a life-long difference for an orphan: 1
B. In the U.S.
- Children currently in foster care: 408,000
- Number of children waiting in foster care to be adopted: 107,011
- Average length of stay in continuous foster care for waiting children: 37.3 months
- Average age of a child in the foster system: 9.4 years old
- Children adopted from foster care in the US in 2012: 52,039
C. Inter-Country Adoption
- In the years’ span from 1999—2011, a total,of 233,934 children from around the world were welcomed into families in the U.S. through Inter-Country Adoption; of that number 141,321 were female and 83,291 were male (3 unreported).
- Top 5 Sending Countries in 2011 were: China, Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea and Ukraine.
- Inter-Country Adoption has decreased 59% from its high in 2004 due primarily to restrictions by sending countries, and the moratorium placed on Guatemala and Cambodia by the U.S.
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