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Sunday, September 22, 2013

American Children Adopted by Europeans

It is no secret that racial politics play a significant role in adoption, most recently seen in the Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl case last term.  These politics often drive international adoption, with many Americans adopting from abroad to match their race.  Much family law literature has arisen around this topic, but for today, I’ll just spotlight this heartwarming CNN story, which reports a continued increase of European adoptions of American children unable to find homes in the United States.

Posted by Margaret Ryznar on September 22, 2013 at 06:55 PM | Permalink

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Margaret, interesting story. You mentioned that many Americans adopt from abroad to match their race, but aren't they a small portion of Americans adopting internationally? The great majority of children adopted from abroad by US families are from Africa and Asia (with China topping the list), and 84% of international adoptions are transracial (according to federal statistics). I don't think that you meant to suggest that the desire for race matching is a big factor in international adoptions by Americans, but just thought I would throw in the stats here for those who are not familiar with them.

Posted by: Allison Dussias | Sep 26, 2013 8:42:43 PM

Hi Allison, yes, thanks for the clarification. American adoption data by country is available here: http://adoption.state.gov/about_us/statistics.php. As you point out, it is clear that China is the leading source overall, while Russia comes in second place overall. In the most recent years, however, adoptions from Ethiopia have outpaced those from Russia, a trend that will continue as Russia tightens/bars adoption by Americans.

Posted by: Margaret Ryznar | Sep 26, 2013 10:26:47 PM

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