By: McKenna Raska


Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person's biological or legal parent or parents, and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parent or parents.

5 Key points

  • About 135,000 children get adopted in the US each year
  • Times can vary anywhere from a few months to five years or more depending on the circumstances.
  • Over 30,000 children in the American foster care system “age out” each year.
  • Around 7 million Americans are adopted
  • The United States adopts more children, not only internationally but also domestically, than the rest of the world combined

3 Family's that have adopted children