Latest Adoption Statistics -- Special Needs
Recently, ICBF posted their report of the adoption statistics for 2010. I found them very interesting. Today and tomorrow, I will highlight some aspects of the report.
In 2010, there were a total of 3,058 adoptions in Colombia. The surprising statistic is to see how many of those adoptions were of children with special needs -- 889.
Keep in mind the definition of SPECIAL NEEDS ADOPTION in COLOMBIA: Children with disabilities (physical, mental or health issues), children over 8 years of age, and sibling groups of 3 or more.
In 2003-2004, Colombia implemented their Hague compliant adoption program, with goals to increase adoptions of children with Special Needs. The cool thing is to see how their desire to meet their goals has actually brought about as increase in Special Needs Adoptions.
Look at the statistics for children with Special Needs that found forever homes:
In 2002, there were 349 -- 13% of all adoptions.
In 2003, there were 392 -- 22% of all adoptions.
In 2004, there were 356 -- 15% of all adoptions.
In 2005, there were 383 -- 15% of all adoptions.
In 2006, there were 608 -- 22% of all adoptions.
In 2007, there were 776 -- 25% of all adoptions.
In 2008, there were 730 -- 31% of all adoptions.
In 2009, there were 824 -- 30% of all adoptions.
In 2010, there were 889 -- 30% of all adoptions.
If you look at the trend, the number of Special Needs adoptions has doubled. I would say that the plan is proving successful. To read my other blogs on Special Needs click here: