April 2018 saw the release of two annual reports from the U.S. State Department prepared by Office of Children's Issues (OCI). The Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption for FY 2017 showed another drop in the number of incoming adoptions with a total of 4714, with the largest numbers of children coming to the U.S.
The U.S. State Department's Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption for FY2016 shows a total of 5372 incoming adoptions, and 89 outgoing intercountry adoptions. The top five countries of origin were China (2231 children), Democratic Republic of the Congo (359), Ukraine (303), South Korea (260), and Bulgaria (201).
Delegates from 74 countries and 18 international organizations met in The Hague to review the practical operation of the Hague Adoption Convention in June 2015. With the accession of Zambia and Cote d'Ivoire, the Convention has a total of 95 contracting states, and one focus of the meeting was the development of practical tools to assist new countries with implementing and operating of the Convention.
According to the State Department's FY 2014 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption, overall numbers of incoming adoptions continued to decline, with a total of 6441 visas issued for adopted children coming into the United States. Of the total, about 56% of the children came to the U.S.
Two important statistical reports come from the Office of Children’s Issues in the US State Department each spring. In March 2014, OCI released its Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption, which showed a total of 7,094 incoming adoptions and 84 outgoing adoptions during fiscal year 2013.
Croatia, Haiti and Serbia joined the Hague Adoption Convention in December 2013. It will come into effect in all three countries on April 1, 2014, bringing the number of Contracting States to 93. The Hague Conference announcement is available here.
Reuters has published a five-part investigative report by Megan Twohey called “The Child Exchange: Inside America’s Underground Market for Adopted Children.” The first installment, titled “Americans use the Internet to Abandon Children Adopted from Overseas” (September 9, 2013), describes a process in which adoptive parents and others advertise unwanted children in Yahoo and Facebook groups “and then pass them to strangers with
The unfolding drama surrounding intercountry adoption in Russia is the biggest international family law story of the year, with events now posing a crisis for many US families whose adoptions had already been approved.