Adoptions

Adoptions by opposite-sex couples
  2020 2021 2022
Total 432 467 437
Sex of the adopted person
Male 199 208 ...
Female
233 259 ...
Nationality before the adoption
Swiss 277 322 ...
Europe (without Switzerland) 53 50 ...
Africa 28 18 ...
America 30 24 ...
Asia 39 46 ...
Others
5 7 ...
Age of the adopted person
0–4 years 33 48 ...
5–9 years 53 56 ...
10–14 years 49 54 ...
15–19 years 70 70 ...
20 years or older 227 239 ...
2022: provisional annual figures
…= The figures are not available yet
Source: FSO – Vital Statistics

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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