National Survey of Adoptive Parents: Benchmark Estimates of School Performance and Family Relationship Quality for Adopted Children


This research brief, based on the National Survey of Adoptive Parents NSAP) and a comparison group drawn from the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH), presents data of adopted children and all U.S. children on selected indicators of school performance and family relationship quality. Because the population of adopted children is not homogenous and varies considerably on many dimensions by adoption type, estimates of school performance and relationship quality for adopted children by adoption type are also presented. Finally, adjusted estimates that control for demographic and socioeconomic differences among adoption types are examined to evaluate whether differences in school performance and relationship quality by adoption type are explained by demographic and socioeconomic differences between adoption types.

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