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Adoption in France : who are the adopted children and who are the adopters ?

Population and Societies

417, November 2005

While the number of people wishing to adopt a child in France is increasing, the number of children available for domestic adoption is in decline, since today most births are planned. For this reason, many families now adopt children from other countries. Where do these children come from and who are they? And who are the adopters? A recent INED survey – the first of its kind – sheds light on these questions and, in particular, helps to explain why adoption is more frequent among the more affluent social categories.

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