Why Americans Are Adopting Fewer Kids from China

As more Chinese are adopting and with new restrictions in place on which foreigners can adopt, American adoption of Chinese children has dropped by half in the past three years

Claro Cortes IV / Reuters

An adopted Chinese child in a stroller at Tiananmen Square in Beijing in March 2007

Becky freer says adopting a 10-month-old girl from China was the best thing she ever did. So when Freer, 44, recently decided to further expand her Austin, Texas – based family by adopting another daughter, she thought China was the obvious choice. She soon discovered however, that as a single woman, she is no longer eligible. "Three years ago I was an acceptable parent, and now I'm not," she says. "It seems unfair." While Freer has since been approved to adopt a daughter from Ethiopia, she is one of a growing number of prospective parents who are unable to...

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