People will sometimes ask how many babies are available for adoption. The short answer is that the number of birthparents and adoptive parents at the IAC is about equal. There is no way to know if this is true nationally, but we can give you the information we have about our intakes.
First, let me clarify that I am referring to newborn adoptions. Unfortunately, there are many older children in the foster care system with few families willing or able to parent them. The Independent Adoption Center (IAC) only places infants for adoptions when voluntarily relinquished by their birthparents. As part of an open adoption process, birthparents chose the adoptive parents who will parent their child, and have contact with the family and child after placement.
Each year about 1,500 pregnant women call IAC who are considering adoption. The IAC provides non-directive counseling. We do not push adoption. About 225 or fifteen percent of these women will make an adoption plan. Most of the other women decide to parent. On the other side of the equation, about 6,000 potential adoptive parents contact the IAC each year, but only about four percent or 240 will decide that adoption through the IAC is the right choice for their family. As you can see the numbers of adoptive parents is only slightly larger than the number of placements each year.
Some of the potential adoptive parents that we talk to each year may decide to use another agency, do an international adoption or adopt from the foster care system. Others may become discouraged about adoption altogether or decide that adoption is not a good choice for their family. In any case, despite the huge interest in adoption it is clear that only a small percentage of families actually follow through on plans to adopt.
IAC welcomes any pregnant woman who is considering adoption or potential adoptive parent to email or call us. Although we understand that you may never place or adopt a child, we are more than happy to talk with you and help you make the best choice for your family.