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SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - CHINA


HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION

In 1992, China instituted its first Adoption Law. Very few children were adopted from China by Americans before 1994. In 1994 suddenly the number entering the U.S. increased from approximately 200 per year to 787. The following year, 2,130 children arrived from China, the most from a single country. Since then, China has maintained its position as one of the top sending countries.

NUMBER OF IMMIGRANT VISAS ISSUED TO ORPHANS
COMING TO THE U.S.
FROM CHINA (Mainland)

FY 2009
FY 2008
FY 2007
FY 2006
FY 2005
FY 2004
FY 2003
FY 2002
FY 2001
FY 2000
FY 1999
FY 1998
FY 1997
FY 1996
FY 1995
FY 1994
FY 1993
FY 1992
FY 1991
  3,001
  3,911
  5,453
  6,493
  7,906
  7,044
  6,859
  6,119
  4,681
  5,053
  4,101
  4,206
  3,597
  2,454
  2,130
   787
   330
   206
   61

NOTE: All statistics given correspond with the U.S. Government fiscal year, which begins on October 1 and ends on September 30.

SOURCE - US Department of State, Intercountry Adoption, http://adoption.state.gov/news/total_chart.html

 

From THE HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION MEDICINE by Laurie C. Miller. © 2004 by Oxford University Press, Inc. Used by Permission.

 

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