U.S. researchThe 2013 National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey was commissioned by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to better understand Americans’ attitudes about adoption. The Foundation partnered with Harris Interactive to survey more than 1,400 American adults online.
For the first time since 2002, the survey found that opinions of foster care adoption are more positive than private domestic infant adoption and international adoption. While the perception of foster care adoption has improved, Americans – even those who are considering foster care adoption – still have a negative impression of the process, the costs, and potential behavioral and medical issues with children in foster care.
In the United States, there are more than 100,000 children in the foster care system available for adoption and more than 26,000 age out of the foster care system every year without families. Understanding Americans’ perceptions about adoption is important to finding a safe, loving and permanent family for every child.
We are addressing the myths and misperceptions that Americans have about foster care adoption, and by doing so, we can more effectively move children from foster care to the permanent and nurturing families we promised them.Read the press release.
Read the 2013 National Foster Care Adoption Attitudes Survey.