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2010: 1,946 children from abroad -- (Oct. 27, 2011)  In 2010 Canadians went abroad to adopt 1,946 children. See the 2010 statistics.

2001-2009: Adoptions from China -- (Feb. 21, 2011)  A retrospective of adoptions from China to Canada, and other countries. The peak year was 2003.

2009: 2,122 children from abroad -- (Oct. 22, 2010)  Another high point: 2,122 children from other countries found adoptive homes in Canada. See Family Helper's report on 2009 statistics.

2009: Numbers for four provinces -- (Aug. 11, 2010)  Canada produced only partial statistics on 2009 international adoptions at the Hague Special Commission in June 2010.

2008: Jump in international adoptions -- (Oct. 26, 2009)  In 2008, 1,908 children from abroad found adoptive homes in Canada. This 11% increase from 2007 marks a return to numbers last seen in 2004. 2008 statistics are at 2008 jump in international adoptions to Canada.

2007: China still in the lead -- (Jan. 6, 2009)  In 2007 Canadians adopted 1,713 children from abroad, a 12% increase from the previous year. 658 of those children were Chinese. Adoptions in 2007 stayed below the threshold of 1,800. Full 2007 statistics for 25 countries are at China still the Canadian favourite (includes U.S. figures).

2006: China slowdown starts the great decline -- (Aug. 25, 2007) In 2006 Canadians adopted 1,535 children from abroad, a fall of 18% in one year, and the third year of decline. 608 of those children (40%) were Chinese. 2006 has finally fallen below the threshold of 1,800 a year which Family Helper has always quoted. For the 2006 statistics for 25 countries, see The great decline of 2006.

2005: Decline in intercountry adoptions -- (Aug. 17, 2006) In 2005 Canadians adopted 1,871 children from abroad. 973 of those children (52%) were Chinese, since China was once again the most popular country for Canadians adopting internationally. Second choice was Haiti, although adoptions there dropped 28% owing to civil unrest. The U.S. was third, showing an increase of 29% in 2005. Although this is the second year of decline -- down from 2,180 in 2003 and 1,955 in 2004 -- the number of intercountry adoptions to Canada remains in the decade-long range of 1,800 and 2,200 a year. For the 2005 statistics for 25 countries, see 2005 stats.

China top country in 2004 -- (May 27, 2005) In 2004 Canadians adopted 1,955 children from abroad, compared to 2,180 the year before. China stayed by far the number one choice of Canadians -- 1,001 Chinese children found new families in Canada. The numbers are down 10% in one year, but the decline is part of the normal variation over the past decade. Intercountry adoptions to Canada have been stable for ten years, running between 1,800 and 2,200 a year. For the complete international adoption statistics for 2004, see Robin Hilborn's article for the Adoption Council of Canada, China Leads Adoption Statistics.

International adoptions up: 2,181 in 2003 -- (June 28, 2004) In 2003 Canadians adopted 2,181 children from abroad, compared to 1,926 the year before, according to figures from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). While this is an increase of 13%, last year's total did not exceed the peak of 2,222 in 1998. For the complete international adoption statistics for 2003, see Adoption Council of Canada, International Adoptions Up.

International adoptions steady in Canada in 2002 ... plus stats for 1995-2001 -- Canadians adopted 1,891 children from abroad in 2002, compared to 1,874 the year before. China kept its position as the most popular country by far. Canadian families adopted 771 children from China in 2002, a considerable jump from 618 in 2001. The increase went mainly to Quebec, which overtook Ontario in 2002 as most popular destination for Chinese children, 365 to 266. The international statistics, starting in 1995, with commentary, are at International Adoption Statistics for Canada.

Canadians adopt almost 20,000 children from abroad (1993-2002) -- Statistics released by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) show that over the last decade Canadians have adopted almost 20,000 children from abroad. The data shows the children's ages, the countries they came from and the cities where they found homes.

CIC published its ten-year breakdown (1993-2002) of international adoption statistics in its newsletter "The Monitor", Fall 2003, posted Oct. 14, 2003. (Available through the Internet Archive, Wayback Machine.)

Over the past decade Canadians adopted 19,576 children from abroad. CIC's Chart 4 shows that the annual rate is fairly stable, around 2,000 adoptions a year, with a low of 1,738 in 1993 and a high of 2,223 in 1998.

In 2002, Canadians adopted 1,925 children from abroad. The greatest number of children (800, or 42%) came from China. Over the years China has been the top source of international adoptions, with 6,245 children adopted from 1993 to 2002. Other major source countries were India, Russia and Haiti. International adoptions account for only a small part of overall immigration to Canada (roughly 1%).

Most international adoptions -- 90% -- fall in the immigration category called Family Class 9, which is for adoptions finalized abroad. 1,720 children were adopted in a foreign country in 2002. Only 10% of international adoptions were in Class 6 (adoption to be finalized in Canada): 205 in 2002.

CIC noted that a small number of children fall under Family Class 3 -- they were adopted by Canadians living abroad. Because the data doesn't distinguish these adoptions from other immigrants in Class 3, the number of children adopted by Canadians living abroad is unknown and they are not included in the totals.

CIC provides tables which slice the data four ways: by country, age/sex, census metropolitan area and province. Its totals are more recent than the totals shown in International Adoption Statistics for Canada, mentioned above.

For the status of adoption in specific countries, see Country News.

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