Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Alberta Adoption Stats

I was wandering around the Alberta Adoption site and found some statistics. I thought I might share some of the info with you for conversations sake. All the stats are from April 1 2015 to March 31 2016.

90 children were adopted internationally.

2 Bulgaria
2 Cameroon
3 China
6 Congo
5 Ethiopia
8 Haiti
3 India
2 Jamaica
1 Malaysia
3 Nigeria
6 Philippines
3 Sierra Leone
2 Somalia
6 South Africa
1 St. Lucia
1 St. Vincent
1 Sudan
3 Taiwan
3 Tanzania
1 Thailand
1 Ukraine
22 United States
1 Vietnam
4 Zambia

22 of these children were under 1 year old. Surprisingly, to me, the age range went all the way to 18 years and 13 of the children adopted were 16, 17, and 18 years old! I don't usually hear about international adoptions over 7 years old. I also forget that adoptions fro the U.S. are considered "international" for some reason.

From Permanent Care (foster care) in Alberta there were 290 adoptions! Most of these adoptions (133) were in the Edmonton area. This number does not include guardianships granted.

Even more children were adopted through private adoption, by relatives, or through direct placements (without an agency).

Over 800 children were able to find a home or find permanency in their homes. While I thought I knew that adoption was more common than I had originally thought I could not have imagined that it would be such a large number.

Did you happen to adopt in the year or know someone that did? I wish you (and them) the best of luck with their families. I'd love to hear about your journeys.