Foster Care Adoption in the United States

Research Report

Foster Care Adoption in the United States

An Analysis of Interest in Adoption and a Review of State Recruitment Strategies


Commissioned by the National Adoption Day Coalition, this report provides a first-time look at foster care adoption recruitment in the United States. Using data from the 1995 and 2002 National Survey of Family Growth and the state Child and Family Services Reviews, the report describes women's interest in adoption and strategies to find adoptive families for foster children. Findings indicate an overall increase in women interested in adoption, perhaps due to extensive recruitment efforts in recent years. At the same time, women interested in adopting were less likely to take steps to adopt in 2002 than they were in 1995.

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