- 50,516 U.S. children adopted from foster care in 2011 (AFCARS #19)
- 9,320 intercountry adoptions (US State Dept 2011)
- 18,000 estimated private domestic non-relative adoptions annually (AdoptionGuide.com)
- 310,000,000 approximate U.S. population in 2011
- If demand-driven adoption programs no longer existed, would the 27K consider adopting from foster care?
- If they all did, would that provide homes for the 100K children waiting?
- With a general population of 310M, why have only 50K people stepped up to adopting a child from foster care?
I believe the numbers point to a lack of concern or interest among the general population, which is a much more complex issue than Jane's article suggests. I'm as guilty as every non-adoptive parent for failing to do more for these children.
Again, I say this with all due respect to Jane, whom I respect and admire.