Adoption is far more common than most people expect, and has given millions of children around the world a chance at new and better lives. In many cases, children who are adopted are saved from lives in foster homes. More than 60% of children in foster care spend two to five years in the system before being adopted, according to the Adoption Network. Almost 20% of those children spend five or more years in foster care before being adopted while some never get adopted.
There are roughly 400,000 children in foster care in the US and among them, 114,556 cannot be returned to their families and are waiting to be adopted. Although no more than 2% of Americans have actually adopted, more than 1/3 have considered it and one out of every 25 U.S. families with children have an adopted child. Another interesting fact is that half of the people who adopt have both biological and adopted children, according to the U.S. Census.
Today more than half of domestic adoptions are open adoptions, which means there is a degree of openness and disclosure of information between adoptive and birth parents. roughly 140,000 children are adopted by American families each year. There are about 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, which is 2% of the population, or one out of 50 children.
More than half of the children who were adopted in the US were placed with their adoptive families within a month of birth.
Together We Rise, a nonprofit organization that specializes in adoptions, reported that 1,200 children enter foster care in the United States on a daily basis. A few years ago, Together We Rise began posting pictures of newly adopted children on their Facebook and Instagram pages, showing the faces of some of the kids who had their lives changed by their adoptive parents.
Check out some of the pictures below: