Spain the No2 adoptor of foreign children
13 December 2004, GRANADA- Spain adopts the second highest number of foreign children in the world.
13 December 2004
GRANADA- Spain adopts the second highest number of foreign children in the world.
Spaniards have adopted 18,501 foreign children in the past seven years, said Amparo Valcarce, the minister for social services.
The majority of children who were adopted were from Russia, China and South America, said Valcarce.
Valcarce, who was inaugurating an international meeting dedicated to adoption in Granada, said the rise in the number of children adopted by Spaniards was "spectacular".
In 1997, there were only 942 foreign children adopted by Spanish nationals.
But last year, 3,951 foreign children were brought to Spain for adoption – a fourfold rise.
He said that a great challenge facing Spain was the integration of these children into society.
But he claimed the family was a strong institution in Spain which could support this level of adoption.
He said on average it took between 18 and 24 months for the adoption process and cost between EUR 6,000-10,000.
The level of adoption is thought to be so high because in recent years more Spaniards have left it too late to have children as more and more women have started working.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news