Adoptions

Adoptions by sex, nationality and age of the adopted person
  2017 2018 2019
Total 305 429 462
Sex of the adopted person
Men 149 193 235
Women 156 236 227
Nationality before the adoption
Swiss 160
251

294

Europe (without Switzerland) 37 53

62

Africa 23 32

23

America 27 30

19

Asia 51 56

57

Others
7 7

7

Age of the adopted person
0–4 years 53 58

41

5–9 years 56 64

60

10–14 years 59 61

65

15–19 years 57 88

96

20 years or older 80 158

200

Source: FSO – BEVNAT

The number of adoptions in Switzerland has been declining since 1980. This decline can be explained by changes to the law with regard to child protection, by a drop in unwanted pregnancies and by a better acceptance of single mothers in society. People are usually young when they are adopted.

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