Children are available from over 100 countries in Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and some African countries. In 2011, 68% of foreign children adopted in the United States came from China, Guatemala, Russia, Ethiopia, and South Korea. Nearly half of the children adopted from foreign countries are under one year of age (and almost all of the children are under the age of four). Sibling groups are often available in many countries if you wish to adopt more than one child. One note of caution to remember with international adoption, political changes in country can disrupt (or cancel) potential adoptions at any time.
US Department of State figures (Top 20 countries)
In 2011, almost 28% of all foreign children adopted into the United States were from China. In China, infants (usually girls) are abandoned by birth parents who would otherwise suffer penalties for violating China's population control policies.
In 2011, 16% of all foreign children adopted into the United States were from Ethopia. Note: Only seven US adoption agencies are approved by the Ethiopian government to complete international adoptions of Ethiopian children. The US adoption agencies approved by the Ethiopian government are: Adoptions Advocates International, Americans for African Adoptions, Inc., Children's Home Society & Family Services, Christian World Adoptions, Dove Adoptions International, Gladney Center for Adoption and Wide Horizons for Children Inc.
In 2011, 10% of all foreign children adopted into the United States were from Russia. Due to severe poverty, it makes it impossible for many families to fully care for their children and international adoption is their best alternative.
In 2011, 8% of all foreign children adopted into the United States were from South Korea. South Korea has a well-established adoption relationship with the United States dating back to the Korean War. South Korea will be closed to international adoptions in 2012.
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The goal of International Adoption Resources (IAR) is to provide orphans in our global community with a brighter future by connecting them to prospective adoptive parent(s) empowered with informational and financial resources. IAR is not an adoption agency, but we work closely with US based international adoption agencies. IAR supports adoptive parents interested in providing homes to international orphaned children.