In the past year of 2006 the adoption statistics had an unbelievable drop from the year of 2005. The citizens of the United States have made less international adoptions from countries such as China, Guatemala, Russia, and many other countries. There were a few exceptions to this statistic. Below are the countries statistics of adoptions from the United States, comparing the years 2005 and 2006.
Teen Pregnancy and Adoption Statistics
In the statistics of teen pregnancies and births there is an estimated amount of 750,000 women from the ages of 15 to 19 years old. About one third of them have abortions and 14% of them have miscarriages and 52% actually give birth. In most cases the teen is becoming a mother for the first time and they are not married and unfortunately most of them are under the age of 18. Studies have also shown future predictions of the teen mother and her child. Studies have viewed that 80% of teen mothers would end up on welfare and the sons of teen mothers would end up in jail. Researchers believe that if teen mother decrease birth rates that few men would not end up in jail and they could be taking care of there families besides leaving their family causing cases of poverty or welfare.
Two percent of unmarried women or single women are likely to place their child up for adoption at any age. Although the percentage of premarital births have decreased since the 1970’s the numbers are still high enough to give notice. Teens that place their child up for adoption have decreased and the pregnancy rate has also decreased by one percent. On a good note there are families out there who are trying to continue to make these rates decline. There is an estimated of one million children who have been adopted and do reside with their adopted parents.
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The future of adoption will be the same as it is today. There will always be the adoption process and the agencies, but it will not look so good for international adoption. Studies have proven that international adoption has decreased from 2006 to 2007 by fifteen percent. With that being said, international adoption had increased by twenty seven percent from 1997 to last year. China and Russia as of now are the top two placing countries and have considerably advanced the criteria for placements of the children, but Russia’s policies on international adoption has caused problems for years.
The Hague Adoption Convention is a treaty that was designed to protect the children, the parents, and the adoptive parents. This treaty will protect them from malicious acts from agencies. This treaty will not be in effect untilApril of 2008, but until then, international adoption will be in the process of changing policies for the well being of the families and most importantly the child.
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