Number of the Day: 190

May 2, 2013 | Number of The Day

The rate of international adoption has been steadily dropping in the Garden State and nationally for the past eight years. But the number of children adopted internationally by New Jerseyans dropped to 190, the first time in memory that it has been below 200, according to statistics published by the Department of Homeland Security.

Nationally, the total was 8,619 internationally adopted children. In comparison, in 2004 New Jerseyans adopted 835 children from other countries, and the number was 22,911 for the nation as a whole.

Of the 190 orphans adopted in 2012, 91 were boys and 99 were girls. The vast majority (122) were between one and four years old, with eight children under one year, 27 between five and nine, and 33 more than nine years old.

DHS does not publish statistics of birth origin by state, but the two largest numbers of children came from China (2,709) and Ethiopia (1,540), followed by Russia (759) and South Korea (621). Russia, which has been making international adoption increasingly difficult for the past few years, has since banned Americans from adopting their orphans due to a political dispute.