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The Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, mentioned the following:
- The percent of ever-married women who had ever adopted declined from 2.1 percent in 1973 to 1.3 percent (487,000 women) in 1995.
- “The demand for adoption appears to have remained stable over time. In 1988, NSFG reported that 204,000 were currently taking steps to adopt; in 1995 the number was 232,000. In 1988, 31 percent of those who had ever sought to adopt had actually adopted a child; in 1995, the figure was also 31 percent.”
- “In 2000 and 2001, about 127,000 children were adopted annually in the United States. Since 1987, the number of adoptions annually has remained relatively constant, ranging from 118,000 to 127,000.”
- Adoptions through publicly funded child welfare agencies accounted for two-fifths of all adoptions.
To access more information, click on Child Welfare Information Gateway.