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New Report on International Adoption Highlights Need for Change

The U.S. Department of State has released the FY2022 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption. This covers the period of time from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

In the report, the Department documents 1,517 total adoptions, a 15% percent decrease from the year prior when the Department reported there were 1,785 intercountry adoptions to the United States in FY2021.

The FY2022 report demonstrates a 91% decrease since the Department of State began oversight of intercountry adoption fifteen years ago (in FY2008) and a 93% decrease from FY2004, the year the U.S. had the most incoming intercountry adoptions.

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The Department’s Report provides more information than many of their most recent reports, including more accurate information about the costs associated with adoption and a better explanation of the timeframes they report for Convention cases.

Among the Department’s reports are the average timeframes to complete a Hague adoption (which the Department measure from filing I-800A until visa issuance). The differences among different countries range widely; when comparing countries’ average timeframes, the mean wait time is 663 days (nearly 2 years).