Global Intercountry Adoptions

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


Chapter 8, the third chapter addressing intercountry adoptions (ICAs), addresses ICAs from a global level. This perspective examines ICAs through an analysis of the top twelve Hague convention member nations: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U. S. These countries were selected as they adopted over 1,500 ICAs from 2005 to 2009. This period was selected as was the most recent period reported. The sending countries including in the examination are those countries sending over 250 ICAs to the top twelve sending nations during this period. This examination includes the U. S. as both a sending nation and a receiving nation as Hague data indicate that 217 ICAs were sent from the U. S. to the other top nations from 2005 to 2009 and 92,897 ICAs were received by the U. S. during this time. This dominance of the U. S. as a top recipient of ICAs is longstanding. Of the approximately 260,000 children who are adopted globally each year almost half (about 127,000 children in 2001) were adopted in the U. S. (United Nations, 2009, p. xv).


Total Fertility Rate Purchasing Power Parity Adoptive Parent Gross National Income Hague Convention 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologySam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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