2,000,000 women between the ages of 14 and 44 who
were surveyed in 1988, had ever sought to adopt a child.
1.3-million did not adopt,
620,000 had adopted one or more children;
204,000 were currently seeking.
-CASAnet Resource Library online; "Foster Care and Adoption Statistics
Summary," CRS Report for Congress; 1-15-97; Child
Welfare League of America
232,000 married women had taken steps toward adopting in 1995;
-National Center for Health Statistics, 1999
11-25% of couples with infertility problems had taken steps toward adopting in 1996;
12-25% of adoptions, depending on state law, are by single persons..
[Note: This figure would include single lesbian and gay
adopters with partners.]
2,000,000 couples competed for 58,000 children placed for adoption in 1984
- a ratio of 35:1.
-"Adoption--It's Not Impossible," Andrew B. Wilson,
Business Week, 7-8-85, p. 112
20% of adopters (as compared to 20% of mothers) felt anxious, and
10% of each group felt depressed in their first 6 weeks of motherhood,
fatigue being more prevalent among mothers.
-"Family Medicine", a study of 200 new mothers, 1-91
1,500,000 (estimated) American children are being raised
by their grandparents, up 1,000,000 from 1990;
About 400 support groups offer advice to grandparents
raising their children's children.
-Capper's, 9-23-97, p.11
(Note: Grandparents often adopt the grandchildren they
are raising for legal protections; no figures are available but
there have been many resulting lawsuits by parents seeking to
block such adoptions or to regain custody of their children
from their parents; in past times, many grandparents raised
"illegitimate" grandchildren as if they were siblings of their