Friday, August 08, 2008

Adoption surprisingly rare

This report on an adoption study says that, "Among women aged 18 to 44, only about 1 percent had adopted children. About 2.3 percent of men that age had ever adopted."

This is something I find absolutely unbelievable. Are my friends and family really that far outside the norm?

I went to school with a classmate who had been adopted, and another whose family adopted a child from Korea. I dated a man in college who was adopted, as was his brother, as was his former girlfriend.

A close family friend adopted their daughter. My sister and her husband adopted theirs, as have many of their friends. My old boss, prolife activist Mark Crutcher, adopted his daughter. One of my closest online friends has an adopted daughter. I've had 6 kids on my caseload at the agency where I started working five months ago, and one of them was adopted.

What's up with this?

Well, it's time for me to head for work with this mystery to chew on during spare moments. I'll have to think of the kids I know and what percent of them are adopted, I guess.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Two of my cousins are adopted; one of the couples in our church adopted a baby a few years ago; and I can easily think of four other families who adopted a total of 11 children, plus a few other "friends of friends" who have adopted.