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FY 2010 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions (December 2010)

http://adoption.state.gov/pdf/fy2010_annual_report.pdf

Some highlights:

  • With 863 adoptions, South Korea ranks #4 behind Russia (1,082), Ethiopia (2,513), and China (3,401).
  • California received the highest number of adoptees: 850. The economy must be doing better.
  • The US sent 43 children for adoption, mostly from Florida state (27), and mostly to Canada and the Netherlands.
  • The economy of transnational adoption: agencies charged a high of $62,000 for a Convention adoption.
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The President of the United States said “South Korea” 6 times in his State of the Union address tonight ^^

“In South Korea, teachers are known as ‘nation builders.’ Here in America, it’s time we treated the people who educate our children with the same level of respect.”

Booyeah. I want to be a nation builder…

“Our infrastructure used to be the best – but our lead has slipped. South Korean homes now have greater internet access than we do.”

South Korea has long had more computers and internet access per capita than the US.

“And last month, we finalized a trade agreement with South Korea that will support at least 70,000 American jobs… That’s what we did with Korea, and that’s what I intend to do as we pursue agreements with Panama and Colombia, and continue our Asia Pacific and global trade talks.”

Wait… as long as it’s not sending 70,000 American troops to Korea…

And finally: “And on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our ally South Korea, and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.”

Inevitable to discuss the North Korean threat and America’s position against it.

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