"Foreign adoptions by Americans fall by 9 percent, reach lowest level since 1982" - A.P. / U.S. News & World Report
1982. That was when adoptions to the United States were last at the levels they were in 2014, according to the U.S. State Department. So what does that mean?
Some may conclude from these statistics that the need is not as great as it once was. Others believe that it is an indication international adoption is corrupt with child trafficking and other genuine concerns attached to international adoption.
The fact is, the need is still great.
Concerns about the children available? Certainly. While not every adoption agency takes additional efforts on its own to research the children considered 'adoptable', there are safeguards in place and America World takes this very seriously.
All the while, millions of orphans are without a family and lack the care they need.
The National Council for Adoption press release provides some insight on the decline in international adoption to the U.S. Another fact is, there are thousands of adoptive parents in the U.S. who are waiting to bring their children home--many have waited for years and refuse to give up.
A Wall Street Journal graphic provides a look at adoptions to the U.S. since 2000.
No system is perfect, and this certainly includes the processes within international adoption. America World began because of a need to find loving Christian homes for orphans who lack a mother and a father, which every child deserves.
We will continue to work toward that mission until there is no longer a need. And until then, orphans still need families. Families still need to grow through the blessings of adoption. God is still calling believers to care for orphans and widows (James 1:27).
Please pray with us that God will move in the hearts of governments and government officials to find ways to make international adoption a more efficient, quicker process that puts the interests of the children first. Pray that God will honor the work of those caring for orphans.
If God is calling you to adopt or to get involved in orphan advocacy and care we would be honored to partner with you. Because...a child is waiting.