Economically developed countries send kids for adoption too

Lest we think that South Korea is the only economically developed country that sends kids to other countries for the purposes of adoption, I was reminded again at the IKAA conference that the US sends our kids out too. In fact, in the UK the US is the 6th largest supplier of children for international adoption, and to our neighbors up north, we are now ranked 3rd after China and Haiti.

*Edited to add: notice that the US sends more kids to Canada than South Korea. [added 8/16/07]

See this article for more information.

2003 2004 2005
U. S. 74 79 102
UKRAINE 23 16 39
RUSSIA 92 106 88
SOUTH KOREA 73 97 97
CHINA 1,112 1,001 973
TAIWAN 26 15 30
INDIA 10 37 41
ETHIOPIA 14 34 31
HAITI 150 159 115


Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

One thought

  1. A country should be judged by how it treats its weak: the elderly, the poor, and the young. I don’t think the US stands up very well compared to countries similarly economically situated.

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