There are somewhere near 120,000 adoptions a year in the U.S., and the annual number of adoptions has increased over the past decade. No two adoptions out of this large number are alike, and so are the many reasons why people choose to adopt. A few percent of these are kinship or inter-relation adoptions where family members agree to take in and legally adopt a child from a biological relative. International adoptions involve bringing a child from outside the U.S. through a private agency. Really, there are almost as many different types of adoptions as there are different faces of adopted kids. Recently, there have been a few media accounts of unsuccessful adoptions, although statistics reported to the Department of Health and Human Services suggest that 90 percent of adoptive parents and children report a positive, long-term outcome and satisfaction with their decision.
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