Journal of Population Research

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 183-204

First online:

Trends in intercountry adoption: Analysis of data from 20 receiving countries, 1998–2004

  • Peter SelmanAffiliated withSchool of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University Email author 

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The implications of developments in intercountry adoption worldwide in the early years of the twenty-first century are explored, based on analysis of data from 20 receiving countries. Between 1998 and 2004, intercountry adoption increased by 42 per cent. Problems in data collection and analysis are examined, as is the reliability of estimates of numbers of children sent by countries of origin when derived from data provided by receiving countries. Also considered are various measures of standardization which can be used to facilitate comparison between countries and show trends over time. The potential for more detailed comparative analysis is explored.


Adoption numbers adoption trends children fertility international migration orphans poverty