What is the Need?

A. Globally

  1. Total estimated number of orphans who have lost one or both parents: 153 million
  2. Estimated number who have lost a mother: 52.3 million
  3. Estimated number who have lost a father: 119 million
  4. Estimated number of “double orphans”: 17.8 million (having lost both parents)
  5. Number of caring adults it takes to make a life-long difference for an orphan: 1

B. In the U.S.

  1. Children currently in foster care: 408,000
  2. Number of children waiting in foster care to be adopted: 107,011
  3. Average length of stay in continuous foster care for waiting children: 37.3 months
  4. Average age of a child in the foster system: 9.4 years old
  5. Children adopted from foster care in the US in 2012: 52,039

C. Inter-Country Adoption

  1. 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).
  2. Top 5 Sending Countries in 2011 were: China, Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea and Ukraine.
  3. 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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