Performance Improvement 2011-2012. What Are the Characteristics of Children Adopted from Foster Care; What Motivates Their Families to Adopt Them; and How Do They Fare?


Researchers prepared the first of a two-part analysis presenting information on children adopted from foster care in the United States and their families. The analysis used data from the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents and the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health.

Demographic and other characteristics of children adopted from foster care differ from those of children in the general U.S. population. Parents who adopt children from foster care are diverse. Most children adopted from foster care were doing well and their parents were satisfied with the adoptions. However, nearly half lived in households with low incomes, and about one out of ten have parents who were more than 50 years older than the child. While most had parents who were satisfied with the adoption, one quarter of children adopted from foster care had parents who did not describe their relationship with the child as very warm and close, and a small percentage (6 percent) had parents who would definitely or probably not make the same decision to adopt the child, knowing everything they knew after the adoption.

Report Title: Children Adopted from Foster Care: Child and Family Characteristics, Adoption Motivation, and Well-Being
Agency Sponsor: OASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Laura Radel, 202-690-5938
Performer: Child Trends
Record ID: 9199.2 (Report issued May 15, 2011)

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