Adopting: Overseas to Tennessee

Tennessee adoptions are in the limelight with the introduction of a bill from Sen. Paul Stanley (R-Memphis) Jan. 29 that would make adoptions by unmarried couples unlawful (it was assigned to the "Family Justice" subcommittee of the house "Children and Family Affairs" committee on Feb. 18). One of the many objections made by opponents is that such a bill could decrease the number of adoptions in the state, a trend that's already been occurring in state adoptions from overseas in the past five years. In 2004, Tennesseans made 446 overseas adoptions, and the number steadily declined to 373 in 2008. These countries accounted for the most Tennessee adoptions in 2008:

Country / Total Adoptions

  • Guatemala / 89
  • China / 81
  • Russia / 47
  • Ethiopia / 32
  • South Korea / 20
  • Ukraine / 16
  • Vietnam / 15
  • Kazakhstan / 9
  • Moldova / 8
  • Columbia / 7
  • India / 7
  • Liberia / 6
  • Total Tenn. 2008: 373

Source: Office of Children's Issues, United States Department of State