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


Adoptions are not a common topic for demographic analysis. Compared to marriage or childbirth, adoptions represent a relatively rare means of forming a family. The United Nations (2009, p. xv) reports that on an annual basis 426,000 children are adopted globally with almost half of those (127,000 in 2007) adopted in the U. S. In 2000 the U. S. Census reported 8 percent or 6.7 of the 84 million children in U.S. households were reported as adopted children. Of these 119,136 or 12.6 percent were foreign born adoptees (U. S. Census, 2003). If one considers adults who were adopted, five million Americans alive today are adoptees, and 2–4 percent of all families have adopted (Adoption History Project, 2008). Thus, this book has responded to the need for a discourse on the social demography of adoptions with researchers agreeing that adoption research is limited by data issues.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologySam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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