Adoption USA. A Chartbook Based on the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents. Parent involvement and advocacy in the adoption community

11/01/2009

This section examines whether adoptive parents have ever helped other adoptive families, for example, whether they have mentored new adoptive parents, and whether they have recruited other families to adopt children. See Appendix Table 13 on page 73 for detailed data on each indicator.

Most adopted children have parents who had never been asked to help or recruit other adoptive families. Specifically, 56 percent of adopted children have parents who reported never having been asked to help, and 92 percent have parents who reported never having been asked to recruit other families. Very few children have parents who declined to help when asked. Only 3 percent of adopted children have parents who reported that they had not helped if asked to assist other adoptive families; see Figure 30. Two percent have parents who declined to recruit other adoptive families; see Figure 31. These figures suggest that adoptive parents are a largely untapped resource of individuals who may be willing to help or to recruit other adoptive families.

Internationally adopted children are the most likely to have parents who helped other adoptive families. And although recruiting by parents was rare among children with all three types of adoptions, children adopted from foster care are the most likely to have parents who recruited other adoptive families. Specifically, 60 percent of internationally adopted children have parents who reported that they helped other families, compared with 38 and 34 percent of children adopted from foster care and privately in the United States, respectively; see Figure 32. Parents of nine percent of children adopted from foster care reported recruiting other adoptive families.

Figure 30. Percentage distribution of adopted children according to whether parents helped other adoptive families

Figure 30. Percentage distribution of adopted children according to whether parents helped other adoptive families

Figure 31. Percentage distribution of adopted children according to whether parents recruited other adoptive families

Figure 31. Percentage distribution of adopted children according to whether parents recruited other adoptive families

Figure 32. Percentage distribution of adopted children according to whether parents helped other adoptive families, by adoption type

Figure 32. Percentage distribution of adopted children according to whether parents helped other adoptive families, by adoption type

Note: Values corresponding to unreliable percentage estimates have been suppressed in this figure.

 

MEASURES OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AND ADVOCACY IN THE ADOPTION COMMUNITY

Parent helped other adoptive families: To assess whether parents had helped other families, we examined whether parents said they or their spouse or partner had “ever been asked by anyone to assist in helping other adoptive families” and, for those who answered “yes,” whether they did “assist in helping other adoptive families.”

Parent recruited other adoptive families: This measure depended upon parents’ reports regarding whether they or their spouse or partner had ever been asked “to recruit other adoptive families” and, for those who answered “yes,” whether they had done so.

 

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