More Than Half Special Needs
So far in 2011, Special Needs Adoptions have made up 55% of all the adoptions in Colombia (534 of the 977 adoptions). THIS IS AMAZING!!!!! To gain some perspective, look at the list below:
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.
What is changing? As waiting lists for healthy children have become longer, many adoptive families have become more willing to look into other options, and this includes adopting larger sibling groups, older children, and children with physical or mental disabilities or special health issues (like HIV +).
Here are a few blogs from families that adopted THIS YEAR that you might find interesting:
Colombian HIV+ adoption:
Older Child Colombian Adoption:
Large Sibling Group Colombian Adoption:
Other Special Need Colombian Adoption:
If you have a blog for your adoption of any SPECIAL NEEDS category child/ren and would like to share it so that other families can gain insight into the process and perhaps consider a special needs adoption also, please include a link in the comments section and I will also post it on this list.