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International AdoptionGlobal Inequalities and the Circulation of Children$
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Diana Marre and Laura Briggs

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791011

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791011.001.0001

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The Movement of Children for International Adoption

The Movement of Children for International Adoption

Developments and Trends in Receiving States and States of Origin, 1998–2004

(p.32) Chapter 1 The Movement of Children for International Adoption
International Adoption

Peter Selman

NYU Press

This chapter explores the implications of developments in intercountry adoption (ICA) worldwide during the early years of the twenty-first century, based on a demographic analysis of trends in numbers and rates in twenty receiving states between 1998 and 2004. The incidence of ICA in states of origin has been estimated using data from these twenty receiving countries. The analysis shows a marked increase in the global number of intercountry adoptions over the seven years, with an estimated minimum of 45,000 officially recorded adoptions in the twenty states by 2004, which represents an increase of 42 percent since 1998. Recent growth is most evident in the numbers of children adopted from China and Russia and the numbers going to Spain and Ireland.

Keywords:   intercountry adoption, China, states of origin, receiving countries, twenty-first century, Russia, Spain, Ireland

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