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Adoption Fact Sheet

  • Per capita, Oklahoma adoptions are twice the national average.
  • In 2012, OKDHS finalized 1,462 adoptions.
  • 60 percent of children removed from their homes by OKDHS are reunited with their parents.
  • 81 percent of children placed in foster care are adopted by relatives, non-relative kinship, or foster parent.
  • Each year, 573 children age-out of the OKDHS foster care system – at age 18 – and are never adopted.
  • 248 children in OKDHS foster care have been waiting for adoption for more than five years.
  • Once a child reaches age 12, the likelihood of adoption drops significantly.
  • Many children in the OKDHS foster system are teenagers, sibling groups and children with special needs.

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