November 2015Vol. 16, No. 8Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions
Each year, the Bureau of Consular Affairs within the U.S. Department of State releases a report about the number of intercountry adoptions in the United States. The fiscal year (FY) 2014 annual report describes several areas regarding intercountry adoptions, including the following:
- Incoming adoptions by country of origin. China had the largest number of incoming adoptions, at 2,040 (down from 2,306 in FY 2013*).
- Incoming adoptions by State. Texas had the largest number of incoming adoptions, at 440 (down from 489 in FY 2013).
- Outgoing adoptions by receiving country. Canada received the largest number of adoptions, at 47 (the Netherlands received the most in FY 2013, at 38 adoptions).
- Adoptions occurring under the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption by country, including the number of days to completion. China had the highest number of Convention cases, at 2,025, with an average of 282 days to completion (in FY 2013, there were 2,239 Convention cases from China, with an average of 257 days to completion).
- Median adoption service provider fees for adoptions occurring under the Hague Adoption Convention. Albania had the highest fees in FY 2014, at $29,800.
- Number of disrupted Hague Adoption Convention placements in the United States. In FY 2014, there were three reported disrupted placements in Convention adoptions, down from five disruptions in FY 2013.
The FY 2014 report is available at http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/aa/pdfs/fy2014_annual_report.pdf (418 KB).
*The FY 2013 report is available at http://travel.state.gov/content/dam/aa/pdfs/fy2013_annual_report.pdf (910 KB).