Statistics on Adoption in the United States

I see you guys are keen on articles on this forum, and since I have not much better to do I started looking on the internet for something to share here.

I found this article and I know it dates from 1993, but I wonder how much has changed since then, have any recommendations been followed up?

Abstract

Adoption is a topic of crucial importance both to those directly involved and to society. Yet, at this writing, the federal government collects no comprehensive national statistics on adoption. The purpose of this article is to address what we do know, what we do not know, and what we need to know about the statistics on adoption. The article provides an overview of adoption and describes data available regarding adoption arrangements and the characteristics of parents who relinquish children, of children who are adopted or in substitute care, and of adults who seek to adopt. Recommendations for future data collection are offered, including the establishment of a national data collection system for adoption statistics.

 

 

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semantics in terminology

"You say to-matoe... I say to-Mah-toe"

You call it Adoption, I call it Abduction.  What's the difference if it's still human trafficking?

According to the following definition of Human Trafficking, how many Pound Pups were indeed used sexually by "family members"?  How many served a purpose above and beyond any normal natural measure of perfection a parent should expect from a child?  How many were shunned by blood AND court of law-appointments, and left to take a few pills and call in 4 weeks for a refill?

Can Adoption as a practice be stopped?  No.  Should it?  Not necessarily...

Adoption has it's merits; as more children are orphaned each day, (thanks to the blood-bath war provides it's countries), adoption may be the only option for some.  In these orphaned cases, shouldn't universal standards of care and concern for THE CHID"S LIFE be respected and maintained throughout his/her life-time? Is there any child, young or old, who does not need the loving guidance only a parent and family can provide?   Does a child ever outgrow the need for safety and security? Is there any adult who does not mourn the loss of a parent?  People cry at the loss of a loved-one.  Animals don't.  If a person is treated like an animal, how is he/she expected to behave?

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Universal Understanding.

Universal Agreement.

Universal Precautions.

Any of this sound or seem familiar?

Once again, please don't attack the messenger or the wonderful people who authored and published the following State Law updates. 

  Human trafficking. This is an area that is showing a rise in interest by an increasing number of States. Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Washington all enacted legislation dealing with the issue.

The legislation dealt with issues that ranged from 

 (1) establishing a definition of human trafficking

 (2) ordering studies of the problem

 (3) establishing fines and terms of imprisonment for performing such acts

 (4) providing services to victims of trafficking

Human trafficking.

The act of trafficking another person to subject them to forced labor or services is also unlawful. Benefiting financially or receiving anything of value from violating these sections of the statutes is a Class 2 felony, and the victim is entitled to either the gross income of the perpetrator, the value of the victim's labor to the defendant, or the value of the victim's labor as guaranteed under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Human trafficking.

 

 

A victim of human trafficking may bring a civil action for actual compensatory or punitive damages or injunctive relief. "Trafficking" refers to all acts involved in the recruitment, abduction, transport, harboring, transfer, sale, or receipt of persons within national or across international borders through force, coercion, fraud, or deception, in order to place such persons in situations of slavery or slaverylike conditions, forced labor or services (such as forced prostitution or sexual services), domestic servitude.Under the State Revised Statutes, it is now unlawful to threaten or cause bodily injury to a person, restrain a person, or withhold government records or other personal property in an effort to obtain a person's services. The revision of the statutes prohibits providing or obtaining another person by any means for the purpose of prostitution by force, fraud, or coercion.

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