Top 5 Most Interesting Stats on International Adoptions (Pick Your Own)

New State Department report notes countries where foreign adoptions are the fastest and cheapest, plus which U.S. states adopt the most children.

As CT previously noted, the number of international adoptions keeps falling to new lows, both in the United States and worldwide.

However, the State Department's 2012 Report on Intercountry Adoption includes a number of other interesting stats on adoption trends. Here are five of our picks:

5) In spite of the fact that Mexico is one of the U.S.'s closest neighbors, American adoptions of Mexican children take the longest to finalize of any other nation measured–an average of 770 days. Meanwhile, adoptions from the Dominican Republic average 741 days, Indian adoptions take 606 days, and Chinese adoptions take 267 days. Families wanting a child as soon as possible could look into adopting from Panama, where the average number of days to completion is only 53.

4) Nearly 1 in 3 finalized, incoming adoptions last year were for Chinese children (2,697), and 1 in 5 were for Ethiopian children (1,568) despite a significant government crackdown. Together, these two countries account for nearly half ...

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