People have all manner of reasons for looking into adoption. They may not be able to have biological children, for instance, and still want a way to raise a family. They may want to expand an already growing family by adding an adopted child.
For many, though, they just have a heart for the children who are waiting for adoption. They want to give these terrific children a stable, loving home. How many children are waiting for this to happen?
There are more than 100,000 prospective adoptees in the U.S.
If you’re interested in domestic adoptions within the United States, more than 100,000 children are waiting to be adopted. It was about 122,000 in 2019. It has slightly changed since then, but a look back at the historic numbers shows it tends to hover around this area. It was 133,000 back in 2007, for instance, and almost 110,000 in 2015.
The specific children in the adoption system constantly change, of course. For instance, reports from 2018 showed that more than 63,000 children were adopted, nearly setting a high mark for a single year. Even so, with more children entering foster care and the adoption system, the total numbers did not change nearly as much as that would suggest.
So you want to adopt: What do you need to do?
No matter why you would like to adopt a child, many would benefit from the wonderful home life you can offer them. Make sure you know what you need to do to get this process started.