Adoptions

Adoptions by sex, nationality and age of the adopted person
  2018 2019 2020
Total 429 462 430
Sex of the adopted person  
Male 193 235 ...
Female
236 227 ...
Nationality before the adoption  
Swiss 251

294

...
Europe (without Switzerland) 53

62

...
Africa 32

23

...
America 30

19

...
Asia 56

57

...
Others
7

7

...
Age of the adopted person  
0–4 years 58

41

...
5–9 years 64

60

...
10–14 years 61

65

...
15–19 years 88

96

...
20 years or older 158

200

...
2020: provisional annual figures
…= The figures are not available yet
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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