Adoption USA. A Chartbook Based on the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents. Parents’ satisfaction with their agency or attorney

11/01/2009

This section examines adoptive parents’ satisfaction with their adoption agency or attorney. See Appendix Table 16 on page 75 for detailed data on each indicator.

Nearly nine out of ten adopted children have a parent who is satisfied with their adoption attorney or agency; more than nine out of ten believe that the agency disclosed all important information prior to the adoption. Specifically, 89 percent of adopted children have parents who reported either a “very positive” or “positive” experience with their attorney or agency. Overall, 8 percent of adopted children have a parent who reported that they believe important information was not disclosed to them prior to the adoption.

Satisfaction with the adoption agency or attorney varies by adoption type. Children adopted from foster care are somewhat less
likely to have parents who had a “very positive” experience than U.S. children adopted privately or those adopted internationally (48 percent, compared with 57 percent for both of the other groups);i see Figure 36.

Figure 36. Percentage distribution of adopted children by parents’ reported experience with adoption agency or attorney, by adoption type

Figure 36. Percentage distribution of adopted children by parents’ reported experience with adoption agency or attorney, by adoption type

 

MEASURES PERTAINING TO PARENTS’ SATISFACTION WITH AGENCY OR ATTORNEY

Parents’ satisfaction with their adoption attorney or agency was assessed based on whether parents reported that overall their experience was “very positive, positive, mixed, negative, or very negative.” A small portion of adopted children (1 percent) had parents who reported having used neither an adoption agency nor an attorney for the adoption. These children were excluded from the analysis regarding their parents’ satisfaction with their agency or attorney.

Disclosure of important information prior to the adoption: Parents reported whether they “believe that the agency knew important information” about their child that the agency did not share prior to the finalization of the adoption.

Note: Two additional measures relevant to foster care adoption are reported in Appendix Table 16. These asked foster parents who fostered prior to the adoption: 1) whether options other than adoption were discussed with parent(s), and 2) whether the parent(s) felt pressured by the agency to adopt the child.

 

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