Any large scale research effort is made possible through the efforts of many hands, and the National Survey of Adoptive Parents (NSAP) and the compilation of this Chartbook is no exception. Important to this effort is the interagency collaboration that occurred throughout the development of the questionnaire, the implementation of the survey, and, finally, the publication of the Chartbook.
The NSAP was sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Children’s Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF). In 2005-06 the Urban Institute developed the questionnaire used in the survey under contract to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (233-02-0092, task 10). The survey was conducted in 2007-08 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) as a module of the State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS). The CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases graciously permitted the use of the National Immunization Survey sampling frame for this survey. Data collection was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago under contract to the NCHS.
In 2008-09 this Chartbook was developed by Child Trends under contract to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (HHSP233200800506G). The Child Trends authors would like to acknowledge the assistance of many individuals in the data analysis and development of the Chartbook. First, we wish to express our thanks to our Federal Project Officers, Laura Radel with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and Matthew Bramlett with the National Center for Health Statistics, for their invaluable oversight and input throughout the development of this Chartbook. In addition, Dr. Bramlett was the NSAP survey director and provided valuable insights with his extensive statistical expertise. We also wish to thank the expert consultants who reviewed drafts of this Chartbook and helped to identify key themes and suggested ways to clarify the presentation: Richard Barth, Professor and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work; Penelope Maza, former Senior Policy Research Analyst in the U.S. Children’s Bureau; and Debbie Riley, Executive Director, The Center for Adoption Support and Education. In addition, Child Trends senior staff member David Murphey reviewed early drafts of the Chartbook and provided valuable insight. Erin Bishop, former research assistant at Child Trends, was an integral part of the team, diligently conducting analytical tasks. The Chartbook was designed by Chris Mazzatenta.
Most importantly, we extenad our appreciation to the thousands of parents who were willing to share their stories. Their efforts made this Chartbook a reality.