Consider adopting a black boy

Percentage of adopted children under 18 who are black.

Percentage of adopted children under 18 who are of a different race than the householder.

Percentage of adopted children who are foreign-born.

Number of foreign-born adopted children under 18 from Korea. Korea is the largest single-country source of such children, accounting for nearly one-fourth (24 percent) of them. Overall, nearly half of foreign-born adopted children of all ages are from Asia.


1.7 million
Number of households that contain adopted children.

Among households that contain adopted children of the householder, 82 percent have just one adopted child, while 15 percent have two and 3 percent have three or more.

Average age of householders with adopted children. These householders’ average age is about 5 years older than householders with biological children or stepchildren.

Median income for households with adopted children under 18, higher than those with biological children and stepchildren, $48,000 and $51,000, respectively.

"At the very top of the adoption hierarchy are white, blue-eyed, blond-haired girls," Fleming said. "And unfortunately, at the very bottom of the hierarchy are African-American boys."

Currently, there are 514,000 children in the U.S. foster care system,

115,000 of these children are waiting for families to adopt them.

The majority of waiting children are of color

Older African American boys waiting the longest for adoption.

Sadly each year 24,000 young adults age out of the foster care system without being adopted.


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