International adoption

International adoption - What do you know about...

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What do you know about international adoption? How do social workers get involved in  international adoptions?
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In 2005, 22,728 children were adopted by an  American family. Of those, 7,906 were adopted from China. 4,639 were adopted from Russia. 3,783 were adopted from Guatemala. 1,630 were adopted from South Korea. (US Department of State, 2005).  90 % of children adopted are less than 5 years old.  Hundreds of Africa-American children in this country  are adopted by foreign families each year.
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Americans began adopting children overseas  immediately after World War II, especially from  Europe (Germany and Greece in particular). In 1953, following the Korean War, Americans  started adopting children from ethnicities different  from their own.   Since 1970, the number of international adoptions  has at least doubled each decade. 
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