If you are pregnant and considering adoption for your unborn baby, it will be up to you to choose the perfect adoptive parents to raise your child. But as you scroll through the profiles of hundreds of hopeful waiting parents, you may feel overwhelmed by your options. Just how many families are looking to adopt?
It is difficult to find reliable statistics to answer this question. Some sources estimate that there are about 2 million couples currently waiting to adopt in the United States — which means there are as many as 36 couples waiting for every one child who is placed for adoption.
Consider this: about 10 percent of women in the United States — 6.1 million — have difficulty getting or staying pregnant. While not all women facing infertility will pursue adoption, a 2002 study by the Centers for Disease Control shows that more than half (57 percent) of women who use infertility services do consider adoption.
In addition, these numbers do not take into account how many parents want to adopt for reasons other than infertility. Many more hopeful parents choose to grow their families through adoption, whether they are unmarried individuals, members of the LGBT community, or anyone else who feels that they are meant to adopt.
And as society continues to become more aware and accepting of the diverse types of families created through adoption, the number of people seeking to adopt continues to rise.
In fact, according to the Donaldson Adoption Institute, about 81.5 million Americans have considered adopting a child at one time in their lives. That’s about 40 percent of all U.S. adults, up from 36 percent in 1997. While many of these people will not actually complete the adoption process, these numbers clearly demonstrate that there are a significant number of loving families who are interested in adoption.
At any given time, American Adoptions is usually working with about 200 active families who have been pre-screened and approved to adopt. These hopeful parents come from all across the country, have many different backgrounds and have many different reasons for choosing adoption.
It can be difficult to determine exactly how many families want to adopt at any given time. Just know that if you are a pregnant woman considering adoption, you will find the perfect adoptive parents for your child. With so many people looking to adopt, you will have your choice of many wonderful, loving families.
American Adoptions provides all of the services, support and guidance you need to sort through these families’ profiles and choose the one that is right for your baby.
To learn more about American Adoptions’ waiting families, our services, or adoption in general, you may contact an adoption specialist 24/7 at 1-800-ADOPTION or request your free adoption information with no obligation.
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