Foreign Adoptions by Americans Drop to Lowest Level Since 1982

Miriam Jordan, Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2015

Dawn and Jesse Seltrecht filed paperwork to adopt a Chinese baby in 2007. More than eight years later, they are still waiting.

“China had the most secure program and the shortest waitlist,” said Ms. Seltrecht, 39 years old, of Cedarburg, Wis.

Their experience is increasingly common for Americans adopting abroad, as the number of children available for international adoption diminishes and restrictions increase.

Foreign adoptions have plummeted to their lowest level in more than three decades, according to State Department data delivered to Congress on Tuesday and publicly released on Wednesday–to 6,441 in the 2014 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. That’s down from 7,092 the previous year and about 23,000 in 2004. This year’s total is the smallest since 1982, when there were 5,749 adoptions.

China remains the most popular country, with 2,040 adoptions from there. Still, that pales in comparison to the nearly 8,000 Chinese children adopted by Americans in 2005. Ethiopia ranked second at 716 adoptions, down from 993 in 2013. Ukraine and Haiti, two emerging sources, were No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Russia, a major source until 2012, no longer allows Americans to adopt from there.

Adoption agencies say hundreds of thousands of children abroad need homes, and families in the U.S. are eager to take them in. They attribute the steep drop to policies meant to promote domestic adoption and foster care in countries such as Ethiopia; nationalist sentiment against adoption in emerging economies like China and South Korea; and increased U.S. scrutiny of some countries and individual cases.


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  • Magician

    I rarely, if ever, see a white child being adopted. Most adopted kids I have seen in my life, are Chinese girls, Korean boys and girls, (who were adopted shortly after the Korean war) and black girls and boys. Many adopted children of East Asian ancestry did end up providing their new parents with great happiness. The reason that many parents go for black kids, has to do with the price as well. Of course, black kids are the cheapest to adopt. (Supply and Demand? Encouraging black children to find parents quicker?)

    One of my highschool teachers, a black female, was adopted by a white couple when she was a little girls.

    I encourage white Americans to adopt white girls and boys!

    • pcmustgo

      The white ones are from Russia or Eastern Europe and are all f—– up because of the awful orpanage system there, fetal alcohol syndrome + depriving the babies of light, covering their cribs with sheets.

      • LeonNJ

        Yes, I’ve seen news stories on that. Many have real mental problems but the orphanage hides those details from the adoptee parents. There’s been cases where American parents actually return the kids back to Russia. You can’t blame them from wanting to give them back.

        • Wing-nut.

          Suspect Chernobyl may of had something to do with it also.

      • Alden

        Also 90 years of malnutrition. Some Russian adoptees were sent back after attempted murders, arson and other events

      • carriewhite64

        A fictional nightmare scenario of this situation is “The Mind of Winter” by Laura Kasischke. Truly creepy.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      But adoption typical feeds dysgenics as the parents are usually teenage moms, drug addicts etc. There should be a system to adopt high I.Q. children or those from better breeding.

      • Alden

        High IQ babies are not available for adoption

      • Latravius Goldsteinberg

        No need to adopt.
        Instead of paying welfare for women like Maria Gonzalez de Mehico and Gonorrhea Jackson to pop out kids with no chance of being more than ditch diggers/maids and or democrat voters…

        Women with IQs over 120-130ish should be subsidized to have and raise children.
        Women with IQ under 95 or so should paid to have their tubes tied.

    • SentryattheGate

      Last time I looked, in the US, the vast majority of orphans were black, sometimes several siblings.

    • Sid Ishus

      Adoption of a White child is very expensive.

    • 3G4Me

      I’ve also read that a huge number of these adoptees have reconnected with their Korean “heritage” and cut contact with the witless Whites who raised them. Race is in every cell and legal adoption does not change that. Wake up and see the cuckoo’s egg in your nest (and for God’s sake don’t put one there yourself!). NO MORE Whites adopting anything non-White.

      • Alden

        Like most movements it didn’t happen naturally. The Korean government put a lot of money and effort into that return to Korea movement

    • corvinus

      Korea still exports about a thousand children a year despite their catastrophically low birth rate. Apparently, Koreans absolutely will not adopt a child unless it’s a close blood relative.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Aww, aint they cute?
    Aren’t there a lot of stories in the archive where the adopted kids reverted to their feral ways and attacked their adoptive parents?

    • Susannah

      Aww, how sweet. Maybe this rainbow family should be cast in the next Cheerios commercial. The way modern advertising and media are going, they’d fit right in.

      • John Smith

        I watched a segment on the Nightly Business Report yesterday about the companies protesting Indiana’s religious freedom law and the upshot was that companies are becoming “diversity” activists and this is encouraged. The “expert,” a former P&G drone (P&G is massively liberal, so I buy Unilever or Colgate-Palmolive instead), also praised Starbucks, though not their methodology. Disgusting, really.

        • Raymond Kidwell

          I responded to an add in the paper for a job and it turned out to be a minority owned staffing company. I took some tests and went to a P & G plant. Of about 200 workers 199 were black with one retarded white male (I mean literally). The upper level management were white. After a couple days of working there they let me go along with a few others and told me I didn’t have what it takes, even though I performed the same as everyone else. The company had a trophy for employing a high percentage of minorities.

          Their system seems to be this. Most of their jobs require a college degree or a relative in the company. Most of those people are white. The low level unskilled work is sent out to minority temp agencies that employ almost entirely minorities.Also their graphic design etc. is sent off to companies that employ mostly minorities.

          So other than a handful of high scoring college graduates, if you want to be on the top of P & G you need to have relatives in the system or get bumped in by someone going to the same synagogue as you, and if you want to work at the bottom as an entry level worker you better be black. This seems to be how most America companies are run today (at least among operations that stay in the United States). I’m amazed they can remain competitive considering talent or hard work plays such a small role in getting employed there.

          Recently they sold off most of their brands. I like their products generally.

          • John Smith

            I dislike their politics and I remember that they didn’t hire George H.W. Bush (not that I don’t think he was a crappy POTUS, but he was good enough to sell soap), so they obviously don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to hiring.

      • Whitetrashgang

        No, they need a Chinese father to complete the propaganda.

      • Michael Whalen

        That old Paul Simon tune, My Little Town. “There’s a rainbow, and all of the colors are black.”

    • Wing-nut.

      How repulsive.

    • Speedy Steve

      That kid won’t be going to college, daddy will be broke from lawyer bills and bail bondsman fees.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Sad that pickanninies are considered cute. No wonder the white race is dying.
      Nice multiculti pic by the way. The dad is white, the mother is asian and the baby is black.

  • Three cheers for foreign nationalism.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    Aren’t there a lot of children in the USA would would love to be adopted into a good home? Why aren’t they being placed with these people who want to adopt children?

    • TL2014

      There aren’t many kids here that need to be adopted. Look up “pound pup legacy”.

    • Alden

      There are almost no White children available for adoption
      Times have changed since 1900. The most important thing is reliable birth control

      • Ella

        When there are white children, the average age is over 10 so it becomes harder to place them in homes due to some abusive issues or mental problems. Younger white toddlers also have higher rates of serious disease(s) or MR problems– not saying all though. With the shortage of babies, the white teens now select the possible parents through complex interviews. They have more open adoptions and contact with the bio-parent as the latest trend. There are more bi-racial babies available in the USA….surprise surprise!

    • Alden

      There are very, very few White babies available for adoption
      That is why people went first to S Korea and then to China soon after we opened relations with China. The article mentions Chinese adoptions in 1982. That is only a few years after we recognized China
      People would not have gone to China had White babies been available.

  • Usually Much Calmer

    Jesus H.

    A white couple can’t conceive; its either him or her or both. Science is fun, have at it.

  • John Smith

    I’m sure there are enough white children here for adoptions. Yuppies probably want a diversity baby, though.

    • Susannah

      The diversity baby craze does seem to be a disgusting status symbol, a prominent way to display one’s anti-racist credentials. Many clueless conservatives seem almost as likely to adopt a diverse little moppet as the liberals. There must still be some White babies available for adoption, although it does seem like no one who is high profile has adopted a White baby in a long time.

      • John Smith

        Sandra Bullock comes to mind.

      • TL2014

        There are not, in fact, many white american babies available for adoption. Abortion and contraception have killed the “supply”.

      • Alden

        Don’t the southern baptists have their own adopt a Haitian baby program?

    • Wing-nut.

      Fashion accessory.

  • Jason Lewis

    Did Brad and Angelina stop?

    • Susannah

      They have three adopted and three biological. Now that Angelina has entered the
      “change of life” maybe they’ll adopt some more. They have two Asian boys and one black girl. Maybe another African for balance.

      • Jason Lewis

        Doesnt seem fair they dont have a Middle Eastern.

        • Alden

          Too White They do have 3 blonde children if their own

          • LexiconD1

            They are trying so damn hard to turn their oldest daughter gay. It’s really sad.

  • Alden

    You know, donor eggs, artificial insemnation and in vitro are very easy these days and not as expensive as one would think. The cost is within reach of an average income couple.
    A donor egg or semen child is the natural child of one parent an in vitro child is the natural child of both
    Women who think they will have a wonderful career if they delay a baby until age 45 can always have some eggs frozen at age 25 to 30
    Since infertile or too old Americans can have their own babies and stay at home there is no need to go to China

    The economy in China is allegedly booming. The Han didn’t always observe the one child abandon the girl policy especially in rural areas. The Chinese govt has also had a big propaganda campaign to convince the Han that girls are as good as boys.
    It is also shameful and humiliating for a govt to admit that the country is so poor they can’t take care of unwanted children.

    • Raymond Kidwell

      My uncle had trouble having a child I guess to low fertility. They took some kind of drug and had a child. It isn’t that expensive. In regards to China they have been loosening the policy to let most people have two children now. They are in for a demographic problem with all the old people retiring and not enough young people to support them. As well if you are rich you can end up having more children through bribes and other games.

      If you were old or infertile I think it would make more sense to advertise and find a high I.Q. young couple who will have the child and you can raise it so they can study in college or whatever. Too many adopted children are defective in some way and also the government lavishes them with money anyway. If I were an orphan my life would have been easier actually with the free college and government checks that continue well into adulthood.

      • Alden

        It is illegal to buy and sell children or anyone else. How would you convince a high IQ couple to conceive and bear a baby and give it to you other than a huge financial incentive?
        A sleazy gray market adoption attorney would have to be involved . A pair of FBI agents might answer your advertisement

        • Raymond Kidwell

          If someone had a similar ideological background and believed it important to bring intelligent children into the world.

  • Alden

    I’ve read articles that the adoption agencies are just typical do gooder non profits who who lie about the numbers of orphans available.i’m cynical about do gooder non profits anyway. By law they can spend 89 percent of budget on salaries and overhead

    Next time you are asked for a donation remember that 89 percent goes to the salaries and overhead and 11 percent to the receipients of the charity

  • MrBiIIGoode .

    I knew a woman that couldn’t have children, so her and her husband looked into adoping. First they tried to adopt a white baby but the hassle was incredible, background checks, lots of other red tape and very expensive. So then they checked into adopting a chinese foreign baby and again too much trouble. The last option was a black baby and it was as if they just give away back babies and the least expensive also. LOL

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Never argue from price.

    • TL2014

      I wonder why. Hm.

    • bv

      The incremental cost and grief those black devils cause is not worth it even if they paid us to adopt them.

  • Ella

    Who can afford the 45K to adopt with mass inflation and other costs in the USA? We do require monies to pay for medical, education, basics, food and so on. Maybe, more people go the ART route bypassing bullying govts. and mass handouts of cash to agencies. Adoption is so corrupt compared to the pre-50’s.

    • Alden

      The couple I know who used a donor egg paid $1,500 17 years ago. The child is like her Father, blonde and a high IQ math major

  • pcmustgo

    So why? Cause whites are broke? Cause whites are getting race realist? Cause whites are realizing Blacks, Asians and other non-whites DON’T like them adopting “their” babies, because it reminds them of racial power imbalances… ?

    • Petronius

      Maybe because there are fewer young white couples out there.

      After all, nonwhite and mixed couples rarely adopt. Fewer white couples means fewer adoptions.

  • LHathaway

    Foreign adoptions down? Thank God. I’ve read at least two essays written by Asian’s saying these adoptions amount to child abuse. Apparently, white parents just do not care enough or are unable to raise these children correctly.

    • Alden

      That is just non Whites kvetching about Whites the old damned if we do and dammed if we don’t.
      Don’t adopt Asian orphans we are selfish and racially discriminating. Adopt an Asian baby and we are castigated for not ring 100 percent perfect.

      • LHathaway

        It was difficult to say. . I read at least 2 essays on just this topic, and perhaps one or two by Asian activists going on about their grievances in general. The two honestly felt is was bad for the children, as I mentioned, bordering on child abuse. Perhaps they were just hoping White parents would be more gentle or sensitive with these children. . they’re just trying to reform the system. . and perhaps they wanted to see this practice ended or reduced.

  • LeonNJ

    My sister has a friend who is going to adopt since doing it the old natural way is not woking. And the child will be white. Shocking I know!

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Good that the baby is white.

  • MekongDelta69

    They’re already here. Let the sniveling leftists adopt them all, since NoBama won’t deport them.

  • Ella

    This country does not like larger white families, but now the State Dept. is so concerned that our adoption rates have fallen. This is a joke. Maybe, middle class whites just cannot afford to legally transport people into the country. Mr Obama, we do have budgets unlike the US govt. practices.

  • Hammerheart

    I wonder if this has anything to do with forcing American tax payers to adopt whole countries? I’m sure I’m not the only one claiming 16 million ‘dependents’ next tax season.

  • Speedy Steve

    Barren women have usually had an abortion or two. There’s a very strong correlation there. And women who choose career in a cubicle over race are not helping either.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Mariska Hargitay is a prime example of DIE-versity loving white. She has a pure white baby with her husband, then adopts a black pickannie girl and after that adopts a white baby boy.

  • Eagle1212

    We already have enough foreign children being adopted here, why can’t they adopt more American kids, they’re not getting the proper love and housing in their own backyard so why aren’t they being adopted in their own country?

  • voiceofstl

    I know several people that have adopted non-white babys, I found it uncormfatble to ask why they didn’t go for white babys. I knoe there are white babys out there, so whats thew story?

  • Shadrach

    There should be movements to adopt more White Children.