Adoption Statistics at the IAC 2011 - 2015

Number of Adoptive Placements by Year:

  • 2015: 135
  • 2014: 177
  • 2013: 188
  • 2012: 182
  • 2011: 140

Number of Matches by Year:

  • 2015: 240
  • 2014: 220
  • 2013: 262
  • 2012: 234
  • 2011: 207

Number of pregnant women contacting IAC to request adoption information:

  • 2015: 3,522
  • 2014: 3,980
  • 2013: 2,968
  • 2012: 2,432
  • 2011: 2,000

The Wait Time
Wait Time refers to the time (in months) from the date an adoptive family is "live" on our websites and being presented to potential birth parents, to the date they have an adoptive placement. This is more accurate than a wait time that only counts the time to match, which is how most other organizations present their wait times. Wait Times are rounded to the nearest half-month.

The median is calculated by putting all the wait times in numerical order, then taking the wait time that falls exactly in the middle. The average (or mean) is calculated by adding together all the wait time totals, and dividing by the number of wait times. None of these numbers should be considered an expectation or guarantee of your potential wait time, as the majority of clients have wait times that are shorter or longer than average.

  • Average Wait Time: 16.5 months
  • Median Wait Time: 14 months
  • Percentage of Families Who had a Placement Within:

    12 months: 42%
    18 months: 62%
    24 months: 77%
    36 months: 93%

Wait Time by Family Type:

  • All Families: 16.5 months
  • Heterosexual Couple Families: 16.5 months
  • Gay Male Couple Families: 17 months
  • Lesbian Couple Families: 18 months
  • Single Parent Families: 15 months
  • Families with Children: 14.5 months

Average Wait Time by Race and Ethnicity of Adoptive Parents:

The average wait time for all families is 16.5 months.

For African American and Black families:

  • 8.5 months when both adoptive parents are African American or Black
  • 10.5 months when one adoptive parent is African American or Black

For Asian families:

  • 13.5 months when both adoptive parents are Asian
  • 16.5 months when one adoptive parent is Asian

For Caucasian families:

  • 17 months when both adoptive parents are Caucasian
  • 17 months when one adoptive parent is Caucasian

For East Indian and Pakistani families:

  • 11.5 months when both adoptive parents are East Indian or Pakistani
  • 14.5 months when one adoptive parent is East Indian or Pakistani

For Latino(a)/Hispanic families:

  • 16.5 months when both adoptive parents are Latino(a)/Hispanic
  • 16.5 months when one adoptive parent is Latino(a)/Hispanic

Ethnic & Racial Backgrounds of Children Placed

  • 51% Caucasian
  • 12% African American
  • 10% African American/Caucasian
  • 9% Caucasian/Hispanic
  • 6% Hispanic
  • 2% African American/Caucasian/Hispanic
  • 2% Asian/Caucasian
  • 1.5% African American/Hispanic
  • 1% Asian
  • 1% Caucasian/Native American
  • 0.5% East Indian
  • 0.5% Pacific Islander
  • 0.5% African American/Asian
  • 0.5% Asian/Caucasian/Hispanic
  • 0.5% Asian/Hispanic
  • 0.5% Caucasian/Pacific Islander
  • 0.5% Hispanic/Pacific Islander
  • 1% Middle Eastern and other combinations