The Future of Adoption
The supply and demand of adoption are radically changing. There’s an over supply of abandoned or orphaned babies in the world, and the mechanism of adoptions (demand) are diversifying as global, progressive middle classes are growing.
UNICEF estimates there are 153 million orphans worldwide today. The number of orphans in suitable channels for adoption is 20 million, or 13% of total orphans. The total number of adoptions globally each year is 250,000, 1.25% of ‘available’ orphans, 0.16% of global orphans.
Source: American Psychological
UNICEF estimates that 130 million babies are born each year, a small proportion of them unfortunately becoming orphans. That’s 153 million orphans and 130 million births. A progressive train of thought suggests that choosing to adopt over having biological children would gradually alleviate the suffering of a significant proportion of orphans, but that’s not the point here.
Global problems are usually looked at individually: Climate crisis, refugee crisis, pandemics and more. The global orphan problem is at the intersection of these challenges. Integrating a whole generation into society could help reduce systemic poverty, child abuse, promote education, which in turn could help solve the global problems mentioned above.
Improving, operationalizing and digitizing adoption channels and international adoption could help alleviate the suffering and dive into systemic poverty of many of these children.
More on this soon as we dive into the existing adoption platforms, regulation, and existing human sentiment around this issue.