A federal report that analysed the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth says that American men are twice more likely to adopt a child than women! Looks like the American men are brimming up with their paternal instincts.Child in man's arm

Reportedly, the survey has found that more than 1.2 million American men belonging to the age-group of 18 to 44 had adopted kids. The number of women who adopted kids was 613,000, almost half of that of men. Although, the reason why more men went for adoption has not been revealed by the report, it has been suggested that one of the reasons could men getting married to woman who had children from previous relationship.

Following are the conclusions derived by the federal report:

  • Among people who’ve ever been married, men were more than 2.5 times as likely as women to have adopted — 3.8 percent vs. 1.4 percent. Overall, 2.3 percent of all men had adopted a child.
  • More than one in four women ages 40 to 44 who had ever used infertility services had adopted a child.
  • Never-married adults ages 18 to 44 were significantly less likely to have adopted a child compared to those who were currently married. About 100,000 never-married women and 73,000 never-married men had adopted a child.
  • Compared with non-Hispanic white women, Hispanic and non-Hispanic black women were more likely to be currently seeking to adopt a child.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center on Health Statistics released the report on Thursday.