Did you know...
- That about 2% of American women place their babies for adoption?
- That there are 40 million abortions worldwide every year?
- That there are 3.3 adoption seekers for every adopted baby?
- That 60% of people in America have a personal connection with adoption?
- That about 150,000 adoptions take place every year in America?
- That birthmothers have higher educational aspirations, are more likely to finish school, and less likely to live in poverty and receive public assistance than mothers who keep their children?
- That birthmothers delay marriage longer are more likely to marry eventually, and are less likely to divorce?
- That birthmothers are no more likely to suffer negative psychological consequences, such as depression, than are mothers who rear children as single parents?
- That adopted children score higher than their middle-class counterparts on indicators of school performance, social competency, optimism and volunteerism?
- That adopted adolescents generally are less depressed than children of single parents and less involved in alcohol abuse, vandalism, group fighting, police trouble, weapon use and theft?
- That adopted adolescents score higher than children of single parents on self-esteem, confidence in their own judgment, self-directedness, positive view of others and feelings of security within their families?
- That seven percent of children adopted in infancy repeated a grade, while 12 percent of children living with both biological parents repeated a grade?
- That compared with the general child population, children placed with adoptive couples are better off economically?
- That adopted children do better in educational attainment than single parent children and children raised by grandparents?
- That adopted children enjoy a quality of home environment superior to all the other groups?
- That adopted children have superior access to health care compared to all other groups?
*These statistics were gathered from childwelfare.gov and research from an article published in USA Today.