5 Things Will Happen as International Adoption Decreases

International adoptions have been on the decline since 2004. Here's what will happen if that decline continues.

Jennifer Mellon July 31, 2018

International adoptions have been on a steady decline since their peak in 2004 when I first entered the field. When I worked for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, there were 22,989 adoptions completed from other countries to the United States. According to the United States Department of State’s FY 2017 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption, only 4,714 children were adopted in the United States through intercountry adoption between October 2016 and September 2017. This is a 12% decline from 5,372 children adopted internationally to the U.S. the previous year and a 79% decline since the peak of intercountry adoptions in 2004 when I first entered the field. If intercountry adoptions continue to decline, these 5 things will happen.

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Jennifer Mellon

Jennifer Mellon has worked in the children welfare field for more than a decade, serving in varying capacities as the Executive Director, Member Manager, and Chief Development Officer at Joint Council on International Children’s Services. She also worked for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) and served on the Board of the Campagna Center, which provides critical educational services to children and families in the DC Metro region. She currently serves on the Development Board for the National Council for Adoption.She is the Co-Founder and President of Trustify, which she founded with her husband, Danny Boice. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia with their 5 children.


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