i Parents who were related to their child prior to the adoption were not asked about whether they had pre-adoption agreements regarding openness.
i The difference for internationally adopted children is marginally significant (p<.10).
i The difference in percentages of children adopted from foster care and those adopted from other domestic sources is marginally significant for reports that parents were motivated by already having adopted their child’s sibling (p<.10)
i The difference between the percentage for children adopted from foster carepercent) is marginally significant (p<.1). The difference between private domesticmarginally significant (p<.1).
i This difference is concentrated among adolescents. For adopted adolescents ages 12 to 17, 47 percent have parents who reported that they coped “very well,” compared with 55 percent of the general population of adolescents.
i This difference is marginally significant (p<.10). ii The difference in organized activity participation between adopted and all children was concentrated among 6- to 11-year-olds (89 percent compared with 79 percent).
i Differences between children adopted from foster care and from other domestic sources in the percentages exhibiting negative and positive social behaviors are marginally significant (p<.10)
i Specifically, analyses of the NSCH indicate that, of children in the general population who have moderate or severe problems, 61 percent are rated as having “excellent” or “very good” health. ii See the box labeled “Health insurance and health care measures” for the full definition of a medical home. iii The difference betw
i The difference between the percentages of adopted children living in neighborhoods in good condition (75 compared with 71 percent, respectively) is marginally significant (p < .10).
i These figures are likely underestimates of the percentages of children who actually have birth siblings, as many parents did not know whether their children have birth siblings. ii Many of these children have siblings living elsewhere or with another parent or older siblings no longer living in the same household. The percentage of adopted c
i The difference between the percentages of internationally adopted children and privately adopted U.S. children that are under age 3 (6 compared with 10 percent, respectively) is marginally significant (p < .10).
i Estimate based on weighted data from the NSAP. This estimate excludes children in informal adoptions (i.e., without legally finalized adoptions) as well as those living with at least one biological parent, most of whom are living in step families. Further information about the population of adopted children represented by the NSAP is available
Table 1. Number and percentage distribution of children ages 0-17 by adoptive status; number and percentage distribution of adopted children1 ages 0-17 by various characteristics: United States, 2007
1 See: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. 2006. The basics of adoption practice. Available online at: www.Childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_basicsbullentin/.
Adoption USA. A Chartbook Based on the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents. Availability of Data
Researchers can carry out more complex analyses of the NSAP and the NSCH by obtaining public use versions of the datasets, available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/slaits.htm The linked version of the NSCH and NSAP used for the analyses in this chartbook is not publicly available. Researchers interested in analyzing linked NSCH-NSAP data may apply
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Adoption USA. A Chartbook Based on the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents. Identifying Adopted Children and the Type of Adoption
Identifying adopted children in the NSCH who were eligible for the NSAP, and identifying the type of adoption, required several steps. All NSCH respondents reported their own relationship to the child. Those who identified themselves as a mother or father to the child were asked whether they were the child’s “biological, adoptive, step, or fos
Data for this Chartbook come from the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents (NSAP) and from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). Estimates pertaining to the entire population of U.S. children are based on the NSCH sample, and estimates pertaining to adopted children are based on the NSAP sample.
Adoption USA. A Chartbook Based on the 2007 National Survey of Adoptive Parents. Rehabilitative Services and Other Supports Not Specific to Adoption
Mental health care and tutoring were the most common services received by adopted children that were not specifically designed for or targeted to adoptive families. Among adopted children ages 5 and over, 39 percent received mental health care and 36 percent received tutoring. Families of one out of five adopted children received family counseli