FACTBOX-Top countries for U.S. adoptive parents

by Tom Esslemont | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 29 May 2015 03:00 GMT

Nurses take care of newly born babies at Kisenyi health centre in Uganda's capital Kampala, April 10, 2015. REUTERS/James Akena

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By Tom Esslemont

LONDON, May 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Families in Uganda have been bribed, tricked or coerced into giving up their children to U.S. citizens and other foreigners for adoption, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has found.

Data from the U.S. State Department shows that in 2013/2014 Americans adopted 6,441 children from around the world, hundreds of them from Africa.

Here is the breakdown, according to the U.S. State Department.

TOP 10 AFRICAN COUNTRIES FOR U.S. ADOPTIVE PARENTS:

1. Ethiopia (716)

2. Democratic Republic of Congo (230)

3. Uganda (201)

4. Nigeria (130)

5. Ghana (124)

6. Morocco (43)

7. Sierra Leone (33)

8. South Africa (24)

9. Liberia (16)

10. Zambia (8)

TOP 10 COUNTRIES FOR U.S. ADOPTIVE PARENTS (in fiscal year 2014):

1. China (2,040)

2. Ethiopia (716)

3. Ukraine (521)

4. Haiti (464)

5. South Korea (370)

6. Democratic Republic of Congo (230)

7. Uganda (201)

8. Bulgaria (183)

9. Colombia (172)

10. Philippines (172)

(Reporting By Tom Esslemont)

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