Parents who want to adopt a child from overseas will have a harder time doing so. The United States government has raised the fees. They have also made changes to the requirements that have to be met in order to adopt a child.
In 2004, there were 22,884 children adopted from overseas. Only 5,732 children were adopted from overseas in 2016. This is a nearly 80 percent decrease. The National Council for Adoption is fighting against the new fees. Chuck Johnson is the CEO of the organization. He stated that the fees will make it too hard for people to adopt a child.
Chuck also stated that the fees will make it harder for organizations to maintain their accreditation. There are fewer international adoption agencies today than there were in the past. There are currently 160 international adoption agencies in the United States. There were 200 over a decade ago.
Many of the remaining adoption organizations are faith-based. They think that adoption is a part of their mission work. Leaders of faith-based organizations have stated that they are also frustrated with the way that adoption is going.
Furthermore, American families are having trouble adopting children overseas because of all of this international turmoil. Many adoptions in other countries have been stopped because of scandals. Most of the children in the United States who are adopted from another country come from China.
However, fewer people are adopting from China because more Chinese children are being adopted domestically. In the past, many people adopted children from Russia. However, these adoptions have been stopped because of political strains.
Richard Klarberg is the president of the Council of Accreditation. He stated that several leaders of organizations have been forced to relinquish their duties.