International Adoptions from Africa

in Transnational Crime

During the time period of 2004 to 2012, the number of international adoptions of children from Africa increased nearly 400 percent. In total, the number of children who were adopted from countries in Africa by parents in other countries during the 8 years was over 41,000.

Over two thirds of the children in 2009 and 2010 came from Ethiopia.  There are over 70 adoption agencies in Ethiopia, with 15 agencies that only refer children to the United States. In 2010, parents in the United States adopted over 11,000 children from over 100 countries.

Reported prices paid to adoption agencies in Africa by parents is between $10,000 to $30,000.

Child experts report that many of the orphans adopted from Africa actually have at least one living parents and were taken by child traffickers or sold by their parents.

Source:  “Adoption from Africa: Concern over ‘dramatic rise’,” BBC News, May 29, 2012.

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