The days on the long road of one families Ethiopian Adoption

This blog started out as a way to record the twists, turns, highs and lows in my families journey to adopt siblings from Ethiopia. Now our children are home and we have just finished celebrating our first year as a family.

I'm Kimberly (or Fendesha), an adventurous person who aspires to be a vagabond- but for now- I spend all of my free time travelling and my down time thinking of travelling. I'm a mom of 3 (the oldest being my gorgeous canine companion), a IT project manager, and on occasion I find myself the primary writer of this blog.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Orphan Visa Statistics- Will Ethiopia be # 3

I've heard rumors that Ethiopia has moved up to the #3 country. In March or April (*if I remember correctly) of last year they posted the numbers for the previous year.

I'm anxious to see where Ethiopia falls in the list.

The state department website outlines the top 21 countries international adoptions are occurring in and tracks the number of Visa's issued- I'm sure most of you have seen this site by now. Below I have pulled Ethiopia out of the data.
Year Placement Ethiopian Orphan Visas issued Total number of Orphan Visas Issued
1994 20 54 8333
1995 17 63 8987
1996 *did not make top 21 10641
1997 *did not make top 21 12743
1998 15 96 15774
1999 Not reported 16363
2000 16 95 17718
2001 15 158 19237
2002 16 105 20099
2003 15 135 21616
2004 9 289 22884
2005 7 441 22728
2006 5 732 20679
2007 ? ? ?

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