In 2018, 96 children were given up for adoption in the French Community, Belga news agency reported on Friday, quoting figures from the Office of minister of youth Rachid Madrane. Only 27 of the children came from Belgium, while 69 were from 16 other countries. Thirteen came from Thailand, 11 from Morocco and nine from Haiti. The other countries of origin were the Philippines, South Africa, Colombia, Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Bulgaria, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Russia, Madagascar, Niger, Peru and Togo.
Adoptions have been on the increase in the south of the country, where 93 had been registered in 2017, including 60 non-family international ones, and 90 in 2016, 59 of them non-family international ones.
On the other hand, fewer foreign children are being adopted by families in Flanders, with the numbers dropping from 122 in 2012 to 59 in 2017 and 32 last year, according to figures from the regional minister for welfare, Jo Vandeurzen.
Foreign children adopted by Flemish families last year came from 12 countries: Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, China, Philippines, Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Portugal, Thailand, U.S.A, Vietnam and South Africa.
Chile, Ethiopia, Guinea and Poland, which were on the 2017 list, were absent from the list of foreign children adopted by families in Flanders last year.