Men adopt children two times more than women do.

Statistics show that for every child adopted by a woman, two are “be-parented” by a man.

My immediate reaction: what does this say about gender norms? 

THURSDAY, Aug. 7 (HealthDay News) — American men ages 18 to 44 are more than twice as likely as women in the same age group to have adopted a child, a new federal report says.
The report uses data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, which showed that more than 1.2 million men and 613,000 women had adopted children. The exact reasons why more men adopt than women aren’t outlined in the report, but it may be partly due to men getting married and adopting their spouse’s children from a previous relationship, the report said.

The report was released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Health Statistics.

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