Monday, April 11, 2016

The U.S. State Department has released international adoption statistics for FY2015 which covers visas issued between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.  The numbers of incoming adoptions to the U.S. fell for the 11th straight year in a row from the high in 2004 of 22,991.  For 2015, the total of 5,648 reflects a 12% drop from the 2014 total of 6,438.

The top 3 countries from which these children came in 2015 were:

  1. China with 2,354
  2. Ethiopia with 335
  3. South Korea with 318

The top 3 states that these children went to were:

  1. Texas
  2. California
  3. New York

The Barker Adoption Foundation currently has programs in 4 countries:  China, Colombia, India and South Korea.  While overall adoptions decreased by 12%, adoptions from China actually went up by 15% to 2,354 for 2015 versus 2,040 for 2014.  Adoptions from India also went up to 138 for 2015 from 136 for 2014. Colombia showed a drop to 153 for 2015 from 172 in 2014; and South Korea went to 318 for 2015 down from 370 for 2014.

You can see the complete report for FY2015 here.

And view the previous years’ numbers by going here.

It’s important to note that while every country is different, on average, the ages of children coming to the U.S. has gone up over the years. While there are no documented statistics for health conditions of these children, it could also be expected that the number of children with identified medical needs has also increased over recent years.

While numbers are interesting to study, here’s something to keep in mind:

“To the world you may be just one person,

but to one person you may be the world.”  

Betty Betz, International Programs Case Manager