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The HowStuffWorks adoption quiz tests your knowledge of the adoption process. Learn facts and information with the adoption quiz.

How many U.S.-born infants are adopted here each year?

  • 100,000
  • 10,000
  • 55,000
  • 25,000

When working with a private adoption agency, you:

  • first find a prospective birthmother on your own and then start the adoption process
  • are placed on the agency's waiting list and wait to be matched or selected by a birthmother affiliated with the agency
  • must also seek outside assistance from an adoption lawyer on your own
  • have to adopt within your own state

When working with an adoption lawyer, you and your lawyer seek out the birthmother on your own, through such venues as:

  • letters to obstetricians
  • creating a Web site
  • placing ads in local publications
  • all of the above

What percentage of major U.S. companies offer some form of adoption assistance?

  • 0; this is not a common benefit
  • 10
  • 35
  • 50

Usually, in an open adoption:

  • the birthparents visit weekly
  • level of contact with the birthparents changes throughout the course of the child's life
  • limited contact via a middleman is determined prior to adoption
  • the birthparents communicate directly back and forth with the child

Of the 500,000 children in foster care, about how many are eligible for adoption:

  • 129,000
  • 410,000
  • 26,000
  • 250,000

In which four states are adoptions via an adoption lawyer illegal?

  • Illinois, Montana, New York and Utah
  • Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware and Massachusetts
  • Alaska, Florida, New Hampshire and Wisconsin
  • Alabama, Georgia, Maine and Virginia

The ultimate goal of the foster care system is to:

  • place the child in the system with adoptive families
  • be able to return the child to the birthparent(s)
  • provide shelter until the child ages out of foster care at age 18
  • punish the birthparents

You can adopt children from a state other than your own due to the:

  • Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children
  • Contiguous State Adoption Compact
  • Interstate Treaty on Adoptive Children
  • U.S. Freedom of Family Growth Act

From which international areas are children usually adopted in the United States?

  • Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Australia and Western Europe
  • Africa

How much does adopting a foster child cost?

  • $1,500 to $3,500
  • $20,000 to $23,000
  • $11,000 to $13,000
  • $75,500 to $77,500

How long does the average domestic private adoption of an infant take?

  • 10 years
  • 2 years
  • 5 years
  • 15 years

Within the world of adoption, a special needs child can be one that:

  • may be more difficult to place with an adoptive family due to reasons beyond his or her control
  • is of an age or ethnicity that makes it difficult to be adopted, likely because there are so many children within his or her same subset seeking adoption
  • has a medical challenge, be it mental or physical
  • all of the above

The average age of a child waiting for adoption in the foster care system is:

  • 8 years old
  • 15 years old
  • 2 years old
  • 11 years old

A physician specializing in adoption medicine:

  • works with birthmothers through the pregnancy process
  • is employed by agencies to conduct physical exams of prospective adoptive parents
  • has unique experience in coordinating care for adopted children
  • works in international orphanages

The average cost of a domestic private adoption is:

  • $125,000 to $130,000
  • $20,000 to $25,000
  • $5,500 to $7,500
  • $60,000 to $65,000

The average cost of an international adoption is:

  • $60,000 to $70,000
  • $10,000 to $20,000
  • $25,000 to $35,000
  • $100,000 to $110,000

To be eligible to adopt a child, your most important character trait is your:

  • ability to provide a stable and supportive home
  • wealth
  • marriage status
  • age

Of major U.S. employers that provide adoption benefits, the average dollar amount reimbursement for the employee in 2007 was:

  • $4,700
  • $10,500
  • $1,500
  • $22,000

Just how common is adoption in the United States? What percentage of men and women, respectively, have adopted?

  • 10 percent and 15.3 percent
  • 2.3 percent and 1.1 percent
  • 7.8 percent and 6.6 percent
  • 11.2 percent and 13.4 percent