U.S. International Adoptions: Top 20 Countries of Origin, 2008

The following table details the number of children who were adopted into the United States from around the world in the fiscal year of 2008. Those dates range from Oct. 1, 2007, until Sept. 30, 2008. The top 20 countries of origin are listed, along with the number of children adopted from each of those countries. The number one country of origin for 2008 was Guatemala (in 2007, it was China).

  Fiscal Year 2008
Rank Country
of origin
Number1
1. Guatemala 4,123
2. China 3,909
3. Russia 1,861
4. Ethiopia 1,725
5. South Korea 1,065
6. Vietnam 751
7. Ukraine 457
8. Kazakhstan 380
9. India 307
10. Colombia 306
11. Haiti 302
12. Philippines 291
13. Taiwan 267
14. Liberia 249
15. Nigeria 148
16. Mexico 103
17. Ghana 101
18. Kyrgyzstan 78
19. Poland 77
20. Thailand 59
1. Figures based on number of immigrant visas issued to orphans.
Source: U.S. State Department. Web: http://adoption.state.gov/news/total_chart.html .

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