Change In The American Life


What is "adoption"?

Adoption in the United States is the legal act of permanently placing a child under the age of 18 into the care of a parent or parents other then the birth parents.

1990-2011 Total Adoptions

There is a total of 233,934 adotions in the United States from 1990 to 2011.

141,321 being female

83,291 being male

and 3 not reported

  • Under 1 years of age: 92,202
  • 1-2 years of age: 79,920
  • 3-4 years of age: 18,496
  • 5-12 years of age: 27,702
  • 13-17 years of age: 5,957

Types of Adoption

PUBLIC:   Children in the public child welfare system are placed in permanent homes by public, government-operated agencies, or by private agencies contracted by a public agency to place waiting children. PRIVATE:   Where children are placed within a non-relative home through a none- profit or for-profit agency. STEP-PARENT:  When one parent accepts parentship over their spouses child or children that do not belong to them. TRANSRACIAL:   A child is placed with a parent or parents of another race (black with white, tribal with coccasion ect.). INTERNATIONAL:  When a child from another nation is placed with a family within the US.

Adoption Trends

CELEBRITY ADOPTIONS:    Adoption for celebrities tended to be very popular within Hollywood. Celebrities who have adopted range from Angeline Jolie to Brad Pitt and Madonna.GAY ADOPTIONS   have become more prevalent and accepted among todays society then it did years ago.