Total Adoptions in the U.S. by State

1990, 2000, 2001, and 2008

This table details the number of children adopted in each state in the U.S., plus the total number of adoptions in the United States for select years. The state with the highest number of adoptions, as of 2008, was California, with 12,207 adoptions. The total number for the United States was 135,813 in 2008.

State 1990 2000 2001 2008
Alabama 1,907 2,009 1,857 2,252
Alaska 611 634 616 643
Arizona 1,541 1,736 1,642 2,907
Arkansas 1,671 1,907 1,698 2,133
California 12,6082 9,0541 9,202 12,207
Colorado 1,501 2,895 2,877 2,873
Connecticut 923 1,210 1,164 1,517
Delaware 226 222 225 204
District of Columbia 292 492 548 274
Florida 9,131 8,088 8,435 7,892
Georgia 2,921 3,4992 3,4993 3,910
Hawaii 1,141 626 766 675
Idaho 952 998 1,048 900
Illinois 5,199 6,921 6,673 4,193
Indiana 2,778 3,486 3,588 3,896
Iowa 1,501 1,116 1,116 1,937
Kansas 1,810 2,025 1,880 2,097
Kentucky 1,585 2,265 2,086 3,034
Louisiana 1,945 1,553 1,391 1,510
Maine 863 9572 9573 850
Maryland 1,634 4,161 4,384 3,070
Massachusetts 2,275 2,697 3,259 2,272
Michigan 5,294 6,190 6,274 5,074
Minnesota 2,072 1,622 2,094 2,025
Mississippi 1,348 866 8663 1,264
Missouri 2,139 2,554 2,5543 2,734
Montana 626 608 600 885
Nebraska 1,003 920 939 992
Nevada 691 827 764 869
New Hampshire 701 690 630 687
New Jersey 2,085 2,294 2,384 2,412
New Mexico 642 723 680 694
New York 7,670 10,821 10,209 8,524
North Carolina 3,637 2,7101 2,3282 5,198
North Dakota 415 337 368 299
Ohio 5,163 5,693 5,564 4,824
Oklahoma 2,238 1,533 1,5333 2,787
Oregon 1,715 2,064 2,029 1,991
Pennsylvania 4,681 4,458 4,748 4,973
Puerto Rico 324
Rhode Island 454 600 617 492
South Carolina 1,114 1,237 1,648 1,546
South Dakota 433 432 399 407
Tennessee 1,845 2,528 2,633 3,139
Texas 7,277 8,329 7,957 11,006
Utah 1,151 1,599 1,387 1,769
Vermont 464 393 407 431
Virginia 2,335 2,218 2,301 2,578
Washington 2,448 3,025 2,748 3,058
West Virginia 1,140 921 908 1,010
Wisconsin 1,948 2,475 2,515 2,219
Wyoming 394 412 4123 386
Total 118,138 127,630 127,407 135,813

Source: U.S. State Department.

Marriage and Household Statistics
Total Adoptions in the U.S. by State, Select Years

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