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National Adoption Month

 

  • Here are a few interesting facts. Did you know?

    • Adoption has been an official legal process in the United States since 1850.

    • There are more adoption agencies in the U.S. than any other country, and Americans adopt the most children globally. American families adopt more children than all other countries combined.

    • One out of every 25 U.S. families with children have an adopted child. According to the U.S. Census, about half of these have both biological and adopted children.

    • A large number of children are adopted within their family, approximately 41% of adopted children are adopted by their relatives.

    • Roughly 40% of adoptions are from the U.S. foster care system. However…

    • Every year about 23,000 children age out of the foster care system without finding a forever family. Of this number, only 2% will go on to receive higher education, and 80% of the current prison population reports having been in the foster care system at one point in their lives.

    • Of same-sex couples raising children, 19% have at least one adopted child.

    • 40% of all adopted children are a separate race or ethnicity than their adoptive family. Minority parents are the largest growing demographic of adoptive families nationwide.

American Indian Heritage Month


Here are a Few Fun Facts... Did you know?

  1. As of 2022, 2.09% of the U.S. population identified as American Indian or Alaska Native, which is around 6.79 million Americans.

  2. There are about 574 federally recognized Native American tribes in the U.S.

  3. More than 27,000 people who identify as American Indian currently live in Pennsylvania.

  4. The two largest Native American tribes are Cherokee Nation and Navajo Nation. Learn more

  5. Native Americans are considered to be the first group to have created anesthetics and analgesics. Often deriving from natural products and ointments, such as plants and flowers, they established a revolutionary form of medicinal healing, long before European doctors had knowledge of such possibilities.

  6. More than half of the states in the U.S. have names that come from Native languages, one of the most familiar groups being the Algonquian languages. Three examples of this are Oklahoma, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.