Adoptions

Adoptions by opposite-sex couples
  2019 2020 2021
Total 462 432 467
Sex of the adopted person    
Male 235 199 208
Female
227 233 259
Nationality before the adoption    
Swiss

294

277 322
Europe (without Switzerland)

62

53 50
Africa

23

28 18
America

19

30 24
Asia

57

39 46
Others

7

5 7
Age of the adopted person    
0–4 years

41

33 48
5–9 years

60

53 56
10–14 years

65

49 54
15–19 years

96

70 70
20 years or older

200

227 239
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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CH-2010 Neuchâtel
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