the Orphan Crisis
Total estimated number of orphans worldwide: 140 Million
Estimated # of double orphans; children without a living biological parent: 15.1million
Estimated # of children on streets or in residential care 2-8 Million
Number of caring adults it takes to make a life-long difference for an orphan: 1
Number of U.S. Children awaiting adoption: 111,820
Number of U.S. Children adopted 2015 (with public child welfare agency involvement): 53,549
Average age of U.S. children awaiting adoption: 7 years, 7 months
Children in foster care in the U.S.: 427,910
Children in foster care waiting to be adopted: 111,820
Children entering foster care in 2015: 269,509
Children exiting foster care in 2015: 243,060
Average time in care within the foster system: 20.4 Months
Children aging out of the foster system in 2015 in FY: 20,789
Average age of a child waiting to be adopted: 7.6 years old
Number of children in care whose parental rights were terminated in FY 2015: 62,378
Approximate number of children adopted from foster care in FY 2015: 53,549
Number of caring adults it takes to make a life-long difference for a child in the foster system: 1
Statistics shared from CAFO.org
Types of Adoption
There are many ways to pursue adoption. It is important to look at all of the options and discern the path the Lord has for your family. Below is a brief overview and links to other resources with more detailed descriptions.
In the United States, families called to pursue adoption domestically can adopt infants and children through private adoptions or through the Foster Care system. There are numerous private agencies in addition to county agencies for families to speak with. Catholic Charities traditionally has aided families with adoption and often works with local and state agencies. Check with your local Catholic Charities to see what resources they can offer. Be aware that many local branches of Catholic Charities have been forced by the Federal Government to phase out their role in adoptions due to federal funding. Below are resources for domestic adoption.
American families called to pursue International adoption have multiple options. It is important to understand which countries are open and which are closed, the Hague convention, the immigration process, travel requirements, and finalization. Below are resources that can help guide your discernment.