Adoption Facts

Adoption Facts

The Gladney Center for Adoption has been committed to providing permanent and loving families for children born in the United States and who are entrusted to our care since 1887. Not many agencies can claim over 30,000 success stories, not to mention over 130 years of unparalleled service.

The Gladney Center for Adoption is a recognized leader in adoption services. Gladney has earned this distinction through dedication to its mission of providing loving homes for children; a caring environment for birth parents; supportive services for Gladney families and adoptees; and assistance to orphans and vulnerable children throughout the world.

One and a Half Million Adopted Children in the United States
There are 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, over 2% of all U.S. children. [1]

About 60% of Americans Have a Personal Connection to Adoption
The Adoption Institute's 1997 Public Opinion Benchmark survey found that 58% of Americans know someone who has been adopted, has adopted a child or has relinquished a child for adoption. [2]

In 2010, New Mexico had the highest teen pregnancy rate, with 80 pregnancies per 1,000 women in the age group, followed by Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.[3]

There are about 25,000-30,000 newborn adoptions each year.

There are around 8,000 private adoptions in Texas each year.

How many children are currently in Texas's Foster Care System?

National (AFCARS report; Source: US Dept Health & Human Services)

  • Total number of children in foster care is falling slowly but steadily
          • 552,000 in 2000 to 514,000 in 2005
  • Average length of stay in foster care is 28.6 months
  • 51,000 children were adopted in 2005 with public agency involvement
  • 127,000 were waiting to be adopted in 2006

Texas (Source: TX DFPS Data Book)

  • Total number in TX foster care has risen steadily while national numbers declined
          • 21,000 in 2000;    27,000 in 2009;    31,000 in 2013
  • 3,435 children were placed in adoptive homes in 2006
  • 10,768 children are waiting to be adopted (2014)

About 7.3 million people in the U.S. suffer from infertility. (According to the Center for Disease Control)

[1] Fields, Jason, Living Arrangements of Children, at pg. 9, Current Population Reports, P70-74, U.S. Census Bureau (Apr. 2001). [Children encompasses the ages 18 and under. The total includes the approximately 500,000 children living with one biological parent and a stepparent who adopted them.]

[2] Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Benchmark Survey. 1997.

[3] "New Rankings Reveal Teen Pregnancy Rates In Each State", Huffpost Health Living, May 5, 2014.



Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive | Fort Worth, Texas 76132-4122

Headquarters: 817-922-6000   Pregnant?: 1-800-GLADNEY
International Adoptions: 1-800-INT-ADOP
Domestic Adoptions: 1-800-687-3097
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