International Adoptions Fall 13 Percent in 2010

The total number of international adoptions fell 13 percent last year, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of State. The number was the lowest level since 1995.

According to the newly released numbers, there were 11,059 intercountry adoptions to the U.S. in 2010, down from 12,753 the year before.

China was the most popular country for intercountry adoptions, with 3,401 children adopted by U.S. couples, followed by Ethiopia (2,513) and Russia (1,082).

The top 10 countries for 2010 were:

1. China – 3,401
2. Ethiopia – 2,513
3. Russia – 1,082
4. South Korea – 863
5. Ukraine – 445
6. Taiwan – 285
7. India – 243
8. Colombia – 235
9. Philippines - 214
10. Nigeria – 189
 





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