With Thursday's news that Vladimir Putin plans to sign a bill that would forbid Americans from adopting Russian children, the Wall Street Journal brings us this graph that shows how patterns of U.S. overseas adoption has changed since 1999. You can see, for instance, that while the amount of Russian children being adopted in the U.S. has gone down over time, the number of Ethiopian children has grown. The Journal's Gregory White and Mike Esterl write that "though the numbers have been dropping in recent years, the U.S. is still the top foreign destination for Russian orphans being adopted." If you're interested in exploring this topic further the U.S. Department of State has interactive maps. See the Journal's map, sourced from the Department of State, below:
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