What Countries Do People Adopt From?


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What Countries Do People Adopt From?

Adoption & Beyond supports families looking to adopt locally and we recommend international agencies to help families adopt abroad. The reasons people choose one or the other depends entirely on their circumstances, experiences, and desires on how they want to make their family more complete.

Many families who are considering adoption ask where people commonly adopt from. Here are the top countries:

Adopting in the United States

Adopting in the United StatesYes, the United States continues to be the number one country that U.S. families adopt from, with 75% of adoptions occurring locally. In fact, the number of international adoptions continues to fall, while domestic adoptions rise. About half of these are private adoptions and the other half are from foster care.

Adopting from China

Adopting from ChinaFollowing the United States, China has the next largest percentage of children adopted to American parents. China’s rules for who may adopt children recently changed, so there’s a chance that fewer Americans will adopt from China in the future. These requirements include income minimums, time married, age, and even BMI. Single women can adopt, but single men cannot.

Adopting from Bulgaria

Recent changes in the Bulgarian government’s processing of adoptions has increased the speed with which cases come to conclusion, but most cases take many months to process. As a Hague-compliant program, it is considered stable and predictable. The Government of Bulgaria has stated its intention to prioritize adoptions of special needs (to include older) children and maintains a publicly available registry of such children, in Bulgarian.


Adopting from India

Within India, the adoption procedure is overseen by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), serving as the primary agency responsible for overseeing and governing both domestic and international adoptions. CARA operates under the purview of the Ministry of Women and Child Development. In India, the adoption process may be intricate and time-consuming, but it prioritizes the child’s safety and well-being, with regulations in place to ensure legal and ethical adoption practices.

Adopting from Columbia

Colombian children of all ages are seeking loving families. The majority of children in care have been placed in this situation due to neglect, abuse, or the loss of a caregiver. They are provided care in orphanages and private foster homes under the supervision of Colombia’s central adoption authority, the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF). Typically, these children range in age from 6 months to 15 years at the time of referral. Colombia permits adoption by both married couples and unmarried individuals as well as same-sex couples.

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