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Adoptions From China

MORE adopted children come from China than anywhere else in the world. Foreign adoptions are strictly regulated and the number is steadily dropping.

The US State Department reports that in 2009 China was the No. 1 source country for US adoptions. It says the number dropped to around 3,000, compared with around 3,900 in 2008.

The number adopted by Americans in 2007 was 5,453, according to Adoptive Families, a comprehensive US adoption magazine.

Ethiopia, Russia, South Korea and Guatemala were other major source countries for adoptions by Americans.

Adoption of children from China to the United States began in 1992 when the Chinese government passed a law ratifying international adoption.

There is no independent adoption from China. Adoptive families work through US agencies approved by the China Center for Adoption Affairs (CCAA).

Most adopted children are girls.

The CCAA has placed restrictions on marital status, health, education, income and previous legal history.


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