Adoption photolistings are used around the world to assist families in finding adoptable children. You may ask yourself, “If photolistings are used then how successful are they in finding forever families for waiting children?” Below, are some statistics regarding the rates of adoption from photolistings in different countries. I also have some statistics regarding couples who want to adopt.
- In Alberta, Canada and America, there is a television advertising campaign called “Wednesday’s Child” that appeals to forever homes for children waiting to be adopted. As of 2015, 70 percent of the children featured on Wednesday’s child has been adopted.
- The Adoption Council of Canada started a national database in 1997 that includes photos of adoptable children. Since 1997, over 833 children have been adopted from that database.
- In the United States, it is estimated that there are two million couples waiting to adopt. This means that for every one adoption, there are 36 families. In a study done in 2002, about 57% of women facing infertility problems consider adoption.
- In America, there are currently 4,000 children in foster care and 1,000 of those waiting to be adopted. Why so many? Many children and teenagers enter foster care with a history of abuse, neglect, or abandonment and are unable to continue living safely with their biological families.
- Each year 20,000 youth will age out of the foster care system. Children who age out of the system are at risk for being unemployed, homeless, and poorly educated. Photolistings are a great way to bring foster children into forever homes.
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