Adoption as a Support System for Orphaned, Abandoned, or Voluntarily Placed Children

Part of the The Springer Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE, volume 29)


Although adoptions represent a small portion of family growth, from a demographer’s point of view it is significant. The United Nations (2009, p. xv) estimates that approximately 260,000 children are adopted each year; of these in 2001 the United States (U. S.) adopted 127,000 children; next in frequency is China, with 46,000 adoptions and the Russian Federation, with 23,000 adoptions. This book focuses on the U. S. the country that consistently adopts the largest number, approximately 120,000 children annually (Nickman et al., 2005).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologySam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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