International Adoptions in 2011

in Transnational Crime

In 2011, there were an estimated 25,000 international adoptions around the world, down from the 45,000 adoptions that took place in 2004. The decline was attributed to a global crackdown on illegal adoptions and baby trafficking.

In the United States, a little over 9,000 children and babies were adopted from foreign countries, down 60 percent from 2004. The cost to adoption a baby for parents in the United States is between $20,000 to $40,000.

Guatemala was previously a major source of babies for the international adoption market, providing up to 4,000 babies in 2006. Due to corruption, the United States is no longer allowing its citizens to adopt from Guatemala.

Source:  Associated Press, “International adoptions drop amid fraud crackdowns,” Google News, May 10, 2012.

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