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Study Finds Men Adopt At Higher Rates Than Women

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Saturday, August 09, 2008 12:59 PM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Adoption, CDC, Foster Care, NCHS


IMAGE SOURCE: © iStockPhoto / father & son / Ailmie

A new study finds men are twice as likely to adopt a child then that of a woman in the same age group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

The NCHS found, 2.3 percent of men between the ages of 18 to 44 had adopted a child compared to 1.1 percent of women in the same age group.

The study was based largely on data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, by the National Center for Health Statistics. This is the first time, however, that the CDC has collected adoption data regarding men.

Some study findings include:

» One percent of single women put their babies up for adoption.

» About 1 in 4 women aged 40 to 44 who had ever used infertility services had adopted a child.

» Minority women are trying to adopt at higher rates than that of white women.

» Men adopt at twice the rate as women, but many are stepchild adoptions.

» In total, 1.3 million men had adopted a child, compared to 613,000 women.

» About 100,000 single women and an estimated 73,000 single men have adopted a child.

While the study found that single women adopt more frequently than men, men adopt at twice the rate of women overall. Although, those figures are based in part, on men who marry women who have children from a previous relationship, giving men more options to adopt their step-children.

There are approximately 118,000 to 127,000 adoptions each year in the United States. 65.6 million children under the age of 18 -- about 2.5% of U.S. kids -- are adopted, as of 2000.

Men who adopt are more likely to have a biological child than those men who do not adopt. For women, the statistics are quite varied. Women who have given birth to a child are less likely to adopt, compared to those women who have never had a child.

About 50,000 foster-care children are adopted each year in the United States. #

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