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Facts and Research on Adoption and Orphan Care

By Focus on the Family
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Alena Yakusheva

Facts to help you through the adoption process.

  • 400,000 kids are in US foster care, 100,000 of them waiting for adoptive families.
  • Average age of kids in care is 8.9 years old.
  • Average time spent in foster care is 21.8 months.
  • More than 30,000 kids have spent more than 5 years in foster care.
  • Total orphans worldwide: 153 million. (Source:  U.S. Government “5th Annual Report to Congress on Public Law 109-95” and affirmed by UNICEF)
  • See the number of kids in your state here.
  • More than 103,000 benevolent post-adoption resources provided to families.
  • Impact stats:
    • 26 events in 18 states
    • More than 13,000 event attendees
    • More than 3,000 families initiating the process of adoption through Wait No More
    • Approximately 250 different private and government agencies and ministries supporting families through the process
    • More than 4,600 families have received post-adoption conference scholarships

©2015 Focus on the Family

Wait No More
Focus on the Family’s Wait No More program prepares hearts and homes for children in foster care. Everyone who feels called to foster, adopt or support a foster/adoptive family can be involved through our nationwide events and resources. Each day, we help advocate for kids in foster care to experience the love of family, no matter how long they’ve waited.
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