Historical international adoption statistics, United States and world

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last updated 22 June 2014

Introduction: The following tables are presented:

Data are from multiple sources, sometimes using unconsistent methods or reporting periods (e.g. fiscal year vs. calendar year) such that time series may not be uniform. Some data are incomplete; "unspecified" sending nation in table 1 indicates adoptions with unspecified source nation in available data. Sources are listed following the tables.

Also see Historical adoption statistics and child population/welfare statistics, United States.

Graphs of some of the tabulated data:


Table 1: United States international adoptions by sending nation/region, 1953-2013

yearTotalChina, PRRussiaNorth America (less USA)Asia (less PRC, Russia, ROK)Korea, Republic ofEurope (less Russia)AfricaSouth AmericaOceania and Australiaunknownnot available
19534,300    4     4,296
1954     8      
1955     59      
1956     668      
195710,900    485     10,415
1958     922      
1959     737      
1960     627      
1961     655      
1962385   0244     141
19631,312   20439     853
19641,651   60441     1,150
19651,448   40421     987
19661,679   20392     1,267
19671,905   50450     1,405
19681,602   60624     918
19692,080   50755     1,275
19702,409   80998     1,331
19712,724   801,252     1,392
19723,023   1201,671     1,232
19734,015   3102,329     1,376
19744,770   9902,661     1,119
19755,633   6502,995     1,988
19766,552   204,008     2,524
19776,493   103,711     2,772
19785,315   02,942     2,373
19794,862    2,347     2,515
19805,139    2,404     2,735
19814,868    2,684     2,184
19825,749    3,862     1,887
19837,127   04,854     2,273
19848,3270  805,348     2,899
19859,28516  06,021     3,248
19869,94510   6,138     3,797
198710,09711 0 5,9910    4,095
19889,12012 13105,07711    3,889
19898,10217 1781193,54421 0  4,223
19907,09329 7439192,6201350978  1,669
19919,0506109911,2561,8182,751151,914  244
19926,5362063241,0469711,840480371,447  185
19937,3773307461,1031,0381,775712311,470  172
19948,3337871,5308251,2571,795740541,184  161
19959,6792,1301,8967181,2861,666655661,040  222
199611,3403,3332,4546831,2501,5161,07047780  207
199713,6213,5973,8161,1981,2341,6541,256143540  183
199815,7744,2064,4911,3541,8211,8291,0441485190 362
199916,3694,1084,3811,3921,9312,0081,70115045850235
200018,8575,0584,2861,8792,8281,7842,3532064521010
200119,6524,7054,2921,9853,2841,8622,7303364321970
200221,4676,1164,9502,7733,0571,7761,9663414671920
200321,6546,8575,2212,7652,6471,7931,4834234025940
200422,9917,0385,8623,8642,0231,7131,3876054484470
200522,7347,9034,6314,2951,8321,6281,10686544321100
200620,6806,4923,7024,6931,9071,3736591,340502750
200719,6085,4532,3035,1672,5769388691,8344501350
200817,4563,9121,8574,6492,3991,0647142,409438950
200912,7443,0001,5861,2911,8661,0797692,7653513340
201011,0583,4011,0793681,1648656573,1473412790
20119,3192,5879622759667368752,5482976760
20128,6682,6977483156606276902,6102942700
20137,0942,3062506455651387942,0982653300
yearTotalChina, PRRussiaNorth America (less USA)Asia (less PRC, Russia, ROK)Korea, Republic ofEurope (less Russia)AfricaSouth AmericaOceania and Australiaunknownnot available
1999-2013250,35171,63346,11036,35629,70519,38418,75321,6776,04033266295
percent100.0028.6118.4214.5211.877.747.498.662.410.130.030.12

Table 2: United States international adoptions by sending nation, 1953-2013, for sending nations with highest totals for 1999-2011

yearChina, PRRussiaGuatemalaKorea, Republic ofEthiopiaUkraineKazakhstanVietnamIndiaColombiaRomaniaPhilippinesHaitiCambodiaChina, Republic ofLiberiaBulgariaPolandMexicoNigeriaThailandBelarusJamaica
1953   4                   
1954   8                   
1955   59                   
1956   668                   
1957   485                   
1958   922                   
1959   737                   
1960   627                   
1961   655                   
1962   244   0               
1963   439   20               
1964   441   60               
1965   421   40               
1966   392   20               
1967   450   50               
1968   624   60               
1969   755   50               
1970   998   80               
1971   1,252   80               
1972   1,671   120               
1973   2,329   310               
1974   2,661   990               
1975   2,995   650               
1976   4,008   20               
1977   3,711   10               
1978   2,942   0               
1979   2,347   0               
1980   2,404   0               
1981   2,684   0               
1982   3,862   0               
1983   4,854   0               
1984   5,348   80               
198516  6,021   0               
198610  6,138   0               
198711  5,991   0               
198812  5,077   0    40   0      
198917  3,544   10  3 80   1   109  
199029 2572,620   50348 12142164   3 112 100  
199161 3291,8181500374455212,594393496054 99297 131041
19922063244181,8403755122352404121357161536091109910862127
19933307465121,77530273191103314269736051132113370910693648
19947871,5304361,7955416438220412351199341613350979485047635
19952,1301,8964491,6666341631837135027529849102331103083053745
19963,3332,4544271,5164411354380255555229683219316364760553634
19973,5973,8167881,6548259264253492336211631426619381487815215634931
19984,2064,4919691,8299618054603478236406200121249309151771681184238
19994,1084,3811,0022,00842323113709499231895194961613217125981368783252
20005,0584,2861,5161,784956583827285002451,1191711307972825214841064874639
20014,7054,2921,6101,8621651,24065873654226578221919281142472969672336812851
20026,1164,9502,4191,7761051,094810766461335169218187384492326011461456716738
20036,8575,2212,3281,7931656928283824732722002112481471072719811161477118636
20047,0385,8623,2641,7132847948352140628557199355471088611010189707020152
20057,9034,6313,7831,62844282475573232872268234614118330738865712162
20066,4923,7024,1351,373731463588163319344024831021873532867706256049
20075,4532,3034,7269381,254613547828411309326019101843142084893366046
20083,9121,8574,1121,0641,7234903797483083062291301026624957710514859039
20093,0001,5867541,0792,275610295481297238528133002533515507210956054
20103,4011,079508652,5114501819241235021613302824840505218953059
20112,587962327361,732640860226216022933020529755222149441100
20122,69774876271,568395001591950125154017734125352119757043
20132,3062502313899343800119159017838809412159492118336079
1999-201371,63346,11029,76119,38414,0859,7246,4575,5785,2843,9223,2343,3083,2822,3552,1551,4821,7001,1411,0651,342939782799
yearChina, PRRussiaGuatemalaKorea, Republic ofEthiopiaUkraineKazakhstanVietnamIndiaColombiaRomaniaPhilippinesHaitiCambodiaChina, Republic ofLiberiaBulgariaPolandMexicoNigeriaThailandBelarusJamaica

Table 3: Intercountry adoption statistics by receiving nations, 1969-2013

yearAustraliaBelgiumCanadaCyprusDenmarkFinlandFranceGermanyGreeceIcelandIrelandIsraelItalyLuxembourgMaltaNetherlandsNew ZealandNorwaySpainSwedenSwitzerlandUnited KingdomUnited States*all
1969                   1,031  2,080 
1970               192 115 1,150  2,409 
1971                   1,369  2,724 
1972                   1,364  3,023 
1973                   1,314  4,015 
1974                   1,443  4,770 
1975               1,018 397 1,517  5,633 
1976                   1,791  6,552 
1977                   1,864  6,493 
1978                   1,625  5,315 
1979                   1,382  4,862 
1980               1,594 384 1,704  5,139 
1981                   1,789  4,868 
1982                   1,474  5,749 
1983                   1,651  7,127 
1984                   1,493  8,327 
1985               1,138 507 1,560  9,285 
1986                   1,542  9,945 
1987                   1,355  10,097 
1988516662232 523782,441875    2,078  577 566931,074492 9,120 
1989                   883  8,102 
1990               830 500 965  7,093 
1991                   1,113  9,050 
1992                   1,115  6,536 
1993  1,740   2,783     1,696  574   934923 7,377 
1994  2,045   3,075     1,712  594   959741 8,333 
1995  2,022   3,028 236   2,161  661 488 895665 9,679 
1996  2,064   3,666     2,649  704   908742 11,340 
1997  1,799   3,528     2,019  666   834733 13,621 
19982454872,222126241813,777922 15147 2,23360 8253716431,48792845625815,77431,710
19992444502,019166971493,597977 142142142,17766 9933565892,0061,01939131216,369 
2000  1,866            1,193 589 981  18,857 
20012894191,874106312183,094798 171792691,79756 1,1223587133,4281,04445832619,65236,379
20022944441,92636092463,551884 193571652,22547 1,1302637473,6251,10747828521,46738,524
20032784302,18035232383,995674 303582562,77251231,1542787143,9511,04665630121,65441,530
20043704701,95535282894,079650 283982263,40256461,3073517065,5411,10955733222,99145,288
20054344711,87135853084,136560 413661912,84041391,185305825,4231,08338936922,73443,857
20064213831,53504502183,977583 193131763,1884560816204484,47287941036320,68039,742
20074053581,713194261763,162778 183922183,4202364778494263,64880039435619,60837,526
20082703641,915163951573,271664 134221503,9772853767303043,15679336722517,45634,785
20092694392,122124961873,017571 173071203,9643634682163473,00691234920012,74429,867
20102223881,94644191603,504504 182011144,1304042705193432,89172938817511,05829,005
20112153511,51303381631,995525 191881154,0222450528173042,5736303671539,31923,412
20121492601,16212191751,569415 17117883,1061457488222391,6694663141208,66819,336
2013                      7,094 
yearAustraliaBelgiumCanadaCyprusDenmarkFinlandFranceGermanyGreeceIcelandIrelandIsraelItalyLuxembourgMaltaNetherlandsNew ZealandNorwaySpainSwedenSwitzerlandUnited KingdomUnited States*all

Table 4, part 1: Intercountry adoption statistics by sending nations, 1988-2013

yearBelarusBoliviaBrazilBulgariaBurkina FasoCambodiaChileChina, PRChina, Republic ofColumbiaCongo, DREthiopiaGhanaGuatemalaHaitiHong KongHungaryIndiaIvory CoastJamaicaKazakhstan
1988                  1,661   
1989                  1,213   
1990                  1,272   
1991                     
1992                  1,007   
1993                     
1994                     
1995   991               1,236   
1996                     
1997                     
1998   637   347      481      1,571   
1999   630   403        1,453    1,615   
2000  60  214  596  5,095  246  95  1,518 131   1,364   399
2001    297  565  7,725  266  728  1,609 192   1,298  51 672
2002   358   626  9,135    695      1,231   
2003 656 273 478 965 63 309 10011,229 221 1,750 18 854 21 2,677 1,055  69 1,172 22 79 861
2004 627 260 487 378 93 94 9313,407 189 1,741 12 1,527 32 3,424 1,159  68 1,083 29 75 903
2005 23 250 463 125 78 173 10614,496 237 1,470 45 1,778 39 3,872 958 30  873 38 85 823
2006 34 130 513 96 107 294 8510,745 260 1,639 62 2,172 34 4,227 1,096 34 97 834 36 69 699
2007 14 134 486 95 97 249 87 8,753 262 1,626 69 3,033 58 4,851 783 21 135 1,003 65 66 753
2008 5  490 132 82 83 51 5,972  1,617 62 3,896 116 4,186 1,368 16 116 821 75  728
2009   469  54  71 5,085  1,413 149 4,596 116 799 1,238 19 122 725 88  640
2010 99  380 248 79  84 5,471  1,798 188 4,396 129 58 2,601 18 139 613 105  508
2011   349  68  122 4,367  1,573 354 3,452 114 36 161 11  632 46  217
2012   338  90  118 4,135  917 517 2,800 181 16 256 20  394 66  3
2013       109         18     
yearBelarusBoliviaBrazilBulgariaBurkina FasoCambodiaChileChina, PRChina, Republic ofColumbiaCongo, DREthiopiaGhanaGuatemalaHaitiHong KongHungaryIndiaIvory CoastJamaicaKazakhstan

Table 4, part 2: Intercountry adoption statistics by sending nations, 1988-2013

yearKenyaKorea, Republic ofLiberiaLithuaniaMadagascarMaliMexicoMoldovaMoroccoNepalNigeriaPeruPhilippinesPolandRomaniaRussiaSouth AfricaThailandUgandaUkraineUnited StatesVietnam
1988  6,463                    
1989  4,191                    
1990  2,962                    
1991  2,197                    
1992  2,045                    
1993  2,290                   47 
1994  2,262                   84 
1995  2,180                   94 
1996  2,080                   92 
1997  2,057                   88 
1998  2,443                   78 
1999  2,409                   102 
2000  2,360     106 79     173 83 1,119 4,269  88  659 78 724
2001  2,436 51    73      219 86 782 4,279  74  1,246 65 737
2002  2,365                   53 
2003 46 2,306 32 85 393 135 79  53 195 64 118 406 345 456 7,745 144 495 12 2,052 74 936
2004 48 2,258 87 99 335 82 145  66 269 94 91 414 406 287 9,425 242 515 18 2,021 126 491
2005 47 2,101 193 108 280 93 149  38 182 99 163 503 409 2 7,480 226 414 22 1,982 169 1,198
2006 26 1,899 369 125 137 126 139  55 395 104 174 460 395 0 6,783 206 360 15 1,053 178 1,370
2007 35 1,265 335 148 63 166 167  41 222 70 164 574 383 0 4,880 186 438 57 1,619 178 1,695
2008 54 1,250 249 121 15 107   59  223  590 407 0 4,140 230 382 49 1,577 287 1,739
2009 64 1,421 36 146 36 191   69  184  600 403 0 4,033 283 335 74 1,516 317 1,506
2010 71 1,154 52 115 55 132   94  259  515 325 0 3,387 190 306 82 1,093 205 1,242
2011 80 951 30 144 55 163   109  246  489 299  3,292 189 270 225 1,065 73 706
2012 83 814 34 98 52 145   102  266  407 249  2,586 165 282 248 715 99 214
2013                     84 
yearKenyaKorea, Republic ofLiberiaLithuaniaMadagascarMaliMexicoMoldovaMoroccoNepalNigeriaPeruPhilippinesPolandRomaniaRussiaSouth AfricaThailandUgandaUkraineUnited StatesVietnam

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