In 2009 these were the top 10 countries for international adoption (notice the dramatic difference in just 3 years):
South Korea: 1,080
These were the numbers in 2005:
South Korea: 1,628
(Haiti was No. 11 with 234)
Source: U.S. State Department
How do you explain the 50% decline? Is it less people adopting or countries being harder to adopt from?
It is countries becoming harder to adopt from. Tighter restrictions being put in place and a bias by large and influential org’s against international adoption have impacted the numbers as well.
Wow – sad. I had no idea. Thank you for all the info you and Shawnda put out. I need it/love it!
Has there been a similar drop, drastic increase, or static movement with domestic adoptions?
John- I’m not sure on domestic stats. That is a great question.