OVC Research & Best Practice

Statistics

Christian orphan advocates must accurately understand and communicate orphan-related statistics. Failure to do so undermines the strength of our advocacy and misleads action. Grasping the true nature of the need provides a strong foundation for an effective, well-focused response.

Global Orphan Statistics

Total estimated number of orphans worldwide:  140 Million

Estimated # of “double orphans”:  15.1 million

Estimated # of children on streets or in residential care:  2-8 Million

Number of caring adults it takes to make a life-long difference for an orphan: 1

Domestic Adoption Statistics

Number of U.S. Children awaiting adoption: 111,820

Number of U.S. Children adopted 2015 (with public child welfare agency involvement): 53,549

Average age of U.S. children awaiting adoption: 7  years, 7  months

Inter-Country Adoption Statistics

Over the past decade, 103,385 children from around the world were welcomed into families in the U.S. through inter-country adoption.

5370 inter-country adoptions took place in 2016.

Inter-country Adoption has decreased 77% from its high in 2004 due primarily to restrictions by sending countries.

Top 5 sending countries in 2014 were China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ukraine, South Korea, and Bulgaria.

Foster Care Statistics

Children in foster care in the U.S.: 427,910

Children in foster care waiting to be adopted: 111,820

Children entering foster care in 2015: 269,509

Children exiting foster care in 2015: 243,060

Average time in care within the foster system: 20.4 Months

Children “aging out” of the foster system in 2015 in FY: 20,789

Average age of a child waiting to be adopted: 7.6  years old

Number of children in care whose parental rights were terminated in FY 2015: 62,378

Approximate number of children adopted from foster care in FY 2015: 53,549

Number of caring adults it takes to make a life-long difference for a child in the foster system: 1

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