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Domestic, intercountry adoptions increase.

Comprehensive research on statistics and trends in American adoption reveal a rise in both domestic and intercountry adoptions from 1996 to 2002.

Data and analysis from a nationwide adoption survey conducted by the National Council For Adoption show a 26.3 percent increase in the total number of adoptions, from 119,766 adoptions in 1996 to 151,332 in 2002.

In spite of this encouraging rise in total adoptions, domestic infant adoption placements declined further since last measured in 1996, according to this landmark study in NCFA's Adoption Factbook IV, and many hundreds of thousands of children are waiting to be adopted out of foster care or languishing in orphanages around the world.

A vital resource for all those involved in adoption policy and practice--legislators and policymakers, adoption practitioners and child welfare advocates, birthparents, adoptive parents and people who were adopted into their families--NCFA's 480-page Adoption Factbook IV is said to be the most comprehensive source of adoption facts and statistics.
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Date:Sep 1, 2007
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