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 ==========Parents Wanting to Adopt========== ==========Parents Wanting to Adopt==========
  
-Although growing numbers of [[the_need_for_adoption|children need adoption]], there are more than enough families to meet the demand. The National Council for Adoption estimates that at least one million infertile couples and an additional one million fertile couples would like to adopt.((National Committee for Adoption, ​Unmarried Parents Today,” June 25, 1985.)) According to the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, one-third of women (aged 18-44 years) has ever considered adopting a child, and one in seven of those has taken steps to adopt.((Jo JoneAdoption ​experiences ​of women and men and demand ​for children ​to adopt by women 18-44 years of age in the United States,” National Center for Health Statistics, Vital Health Statistics 23 (2008). Available at [[http://​www.cdc.gov/​nchs/​data/​series/​sr_23/​sr23_027.pdf]].))+Although growing numbers of [[the_need_for_adoption|children need adoption]], there are more than enough families to meet the demand. The National Council for Adoption estimates that at least one million infertile couples and an additional one million fertile couples would like to adopt.((National Committee for Adoption, ​//Unmarried Parents Today//, June 25, 1985.)) According to the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, one-third of women (aged 18-44 years) has ever considered adopting a child, and one in seven of those has taken steps to adopt.((National Center for Health Statistics//Adoption ​Experiences ​of Women and Men and Demand ​for Children ​to Adopt by Women 18-44 Years of Age in the United States//,Jo Jone, Vital Health Statistics 232008. Available at [[http://​www.cdc.gov/​nchs/​data/​series/​sr_23/​sr23_027.pdf]].))
  
 =====1. Adopting Children with Special Needs===== =====1. Adopting Children with Special Needs=====
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 Americans are also willing to help with children from overseas, especially because of the [[barriers_to_adoption_in_the_united_states|anti-adoption bias]] in the United States. When the communist regime in Romania fell, ABC-TV'​s "​20/​20"​ reported that thousands of children were warehoused in government orphanages. Pictures showed many children with health and developmental problems. ABC received over 25,000 self-addressed,​ stamped envelopes from people who wanted more information,​ and within six months 2,000 Romanian children were adopted by Americans,​((U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service data from National Council for Adoption, 1994.)) many of whom had not considered adoption until this need became known. This suggests that the pool of parents willing to adopt could be expanded significantly. Americans are also willing to help with children from overseas, especially because of the [[barriers_to_adoption_in_the_united_states|anti-adoption bias]] in the United States. When the communist regime in Romania fell, ABC-TV'​s "​20/​20"​ reported that thousands of children were warehoused in government orphanages. Pictures showed many children with health and developmental problems. ABC received over 25,000 self-addressed,​ stamped envelopes from people who wanted more information,​ and within six months 2,000 Romanian children were adopted by Americans,​((U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service data from National Council for Adoption, 1994.)) many of whom had not considered adoption until this need became known. This suggests that the pool of parents willing to adopt could be expanded significantly.
  
-In recent years, foreign adoptions have dropped to their lowest level in over three decades. In 2004, there were around 23,000 foreign adoptions to American parents;​((Miriam Jordan, ​Foreign Adoptions by Americans Drop to Lowest Level Since 1982,” April 1, 2015)) by 2014, there was a total of 6,441 foreign adoptions.((Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, ​FY 2014 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption,” March 31, 2015)) ​   ​+In recent years, foreign adoptions have dropped to their lowest level in over three decades. In 2004, there were around 23,000 foreign adoptions to American parents;​((Miriam Jordan, ​//Foreign Adoptions by Americans Drop to Lowest Level Since 1982//, April 1, 2015)) by 2014, there was a total of 6,441 foreign adoptions.((Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, ​//FY 2014 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption//, March 31, 2015)) ​   ​
  
 =====3. Why More Parents Don’t Adopt===== =====3. Why More Parents Don’t Adopt=====