Adoptions

Adoptions by sex, nationality and age of the adopted person
  2018 2019 2020
Total 429 462 432
Sex of the adopted person  
Male 193 235 199
Female
236 227 233
Nationality before the adoption  
Swiss 251

294

277
Europe (without Switzerland) 53

62

53
Africa 32

23

28
America 30

19

30
Asia 56

57

39
Others
7

7

5
Age of the adopted person  
0–4 years 58

41

33
5–9 years 64

60

53
10–14 years 61

65

49
15–19 years 88

96

70
20 years or older 158

200

227
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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