In the News: Older Adults are Adopting

Wednesday’s New York Times Article Filling Up an Empty Nest examines the more children who are being adopted by older parents, many of whom have had children before or are retired.

According to the article, “The need for competent adoptive parents is great. In 2011, a little more than 50,000 children in the United States were adopted with the involvement of child-welfare public agencies, with around 104,000 waiting to be adopted, according to federal data. More than half of those waiting were over the age of 6.” This is only in the US. Some recent statistics say that in just 2011  there was approximately 9-10 thousand internationally adoptions into the US, and not any conclusive numbers on how many children are waiting.

The Most Adoptions (by country) in 2011

  1. China
  2. Ethiopia
  3. Russia
  4. South Korea
  5. Ukraine

What are your thoughts?  Where have you adopted from or thought of adopting from?  Give us your thoughts below.

 

Take Good Care.

 

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Emily Roberts MA, LPC is the clinical therapist for the Neurogistics Children’s Program. She has worked with Neurogistics for over a decade. Emily is also an award-winning author of Express Yourself: A Teen Girls Guide to Speaking Up and Becoming Who You Are, Psychotherapist, TV & Media Contributor, educational speaker and parenting consultant.  Express Yourself is available at bookstores nationwide and on Amazon. To learn more about Emily click here.

 

 

 

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