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Letter: Too many unwanted children available for adoption
First Published Apr 02 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Apr 02 2014 04:37 pm

John Lesko ("Answer to unwanted pregnancy is adoption, not abortion," Forum, March 27) responds to a previous letter regarding abortion by compassionately arguing that a better alternative is adoption. Lesko offers the commonly held view that "…there are thousands of couples across the country who are childless and long to have a family."

Reliable data, however, indicates that in the United States the supply of children available for adoption (babies through age 17) exceeds adoption demand. Please consider the following:

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According to a July 2012 report by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "In the U.S. 400,540 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system; 115,000 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 40% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted."

This ratio of supply exceeding demand is not new, as revealed by prior years’ data of children available for adoption: 2007, 133,682; 2008, 125,741; 2009, 114,450; 2010, 109,456; 2011, 104,236.

The real problem is adoption choice not child availability.

Gary Jones


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